It's Autumn, and the acorns are falling. This is the time of year when the mighty oaks in our region make a prodigious effort to bring forth new generations by strewing our yards and sidewalks with acorns.
The Engelmann Oak is special tree that inhabits our region but is disappearing rapidly. It has a distinctive grey/green leaf with an open airy canopy and mottled bark. The Arroyo Seco Foundation works for the restoration of this awesome tree by collecting acorns and propagating the trees.
This year the Arroyo Seco Foundation hopes to reopen the Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery. This volunteer-run nursery has turned out thousands of trees for the parks and natural areas of Southern California in years past, and soon will be back in action.
If you have an Engelmann oak in your yard or neighborhood, we would appreciate it if you could collect a bag of acorns from the tree or the ground surrounding it. Store them in your refrigerator and give us a call at (323) 405-7326. We'll pick them up and turn them into stately trees. It's easy and fun, and a good way to ensure that this spectacular tree survives.