December 6, 2022

The DNR’s Great Pine Cone Scavenger Hunt

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By Craig Manning | Sept. 3, 2022

It’s scavenger hunt time! Throughout September, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is putting out the call for Michigan residents to hunt for red pine cones—and get paid for it. Per the DNR, red pine seed is constantly in high demand due to the fact that red pine trees are fast-growing, great for the environment, and used commonly for lumber and other important products and materials. The DNR is trying to make sure Michigan will “always have forests by maintaining responsible management certifications and regenerating or replanting cut trees.” Want to play a part in that forest regeneration process? Get out in the woods and start hunting for red pine cones! The DNR is paying $100 per bushel of fresh red pine cones through Sept. 30. To learn more about pine cone identification, DNR drop-off locations, and what you’ll need to do to get paid, go to


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