Game Commission cancels 2020 seedling sales, programs

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today that it’s Howard Nursery will not distribute seedlings as a result of mandatory closings and delays caused by COVID-19.

The nursery annually has provided over a million seedlings to Hunter Access Program cooperators, who allow public hunting on their properties, the Seedlings for Schools program and public sales.

They inform us that seedling beds had not been opened yet and all seedlings will remain in beds until next spring for 2021 distribution.

“It is disappointing our seedlings can’t be distributed this year, but we look forward to the 2021 seedling season,” noted Brian Stone, nursery manager. “We expect to have a greater variety and higher quantities of seedlings – some in larger sizes.”

Over the next few weeks, officials say that nursery staff will contact those who placed orders to provide refunds, which will be provided in the order in which they were received.

‘Seedlings for Schools’ orders will be alerted through email, the release states.

The nursery is closed currently; no one is available to answer phone calls.

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