HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced its 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.
Thankfully, no seedling beds yet had been opened. 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.”
Unfortunately, the nursery had already received public orders. So, over the next few weeks, nursery staff will contact those who ordered to provide refunds, which will be provided in the order in which they were received.
Seedlings for Schools orders also will be alerted through email in the same order requests were received.
The nursery is closed currently; no one is available to answer phone calls. If you call, leave a message and someone will contact you. The Pennsylvania Game Commission asks for patience waiting for refunds.
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