Superior National Forest officials will pay citizens to collect native jack pine cones to replenish seed banks used in reforestation efforts.
The Duluth News Tribune has the story HERE.
Forest officials will pay $50 to $70 per bushel of native jack pine cones collected in the next month across forest lands. The program will last until July 1, and may be extend after that date.
Collectors must visit a Superior National Forest District office for instructions and registration. The Forest Service will pay more for bushels of brown, tighter cones. Officials will review each collection to see if the cones are viable.