Plant a part of W.Va. State University history with oak seedlings

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Plant a part of W.Va. State University history with oak seedlings
Liz Moss prepares heirloom seedlings harvested from the West Virginia State University campus.

The extension service at is inviting West Virginians to plant a part of state history by planting oak tree seedlings grown from the acorns of trees on the university’s historic campus at Institute.

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Extension Agent Liz Moss said the initiative was created to help spread heirloom species planted long ago at the historic school near Charleston, West Virginia.

“Last spring, several of our campus oaks had to be removed due to oak wilt," Moss said.

“Those acorns have now sprouted into seedlings and are ready to be planted, which means you can purchase and plant a part of state history.”

Seedlings smaller than 12 inches are $5, and larger seedlings are $10. Each comes with a species profile and instructions for proper planting.

Approximately 80 pin, northern red, and willow oak seedlings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers must arrange with Moss to pick up the seedlings on campus.

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To learn more and purchase a seedling, contact Moss at elizabeth.moss@wvstateu.edu or 304-661-6016. Cash, check and credit card payment options are available.

Funds raised through the sale of the seedlings will support WVSU Extension Service’s agriculture and natural resource education program efforts.

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