Acorns Count

The acorn is not only a symbol of fall, but the nuts are a baseline indicator of the current and future health of the forest ecosystem. U.S. Forest Service researchers studying acorns find a bounty of acorns indicates healthy trees and a plentiful food supply for the creatures that form the base of the forest food chain. Research Ecologist Katie Greenberg and Forestry Technician Jacquelyne Adams explain how the study of acorns can gauge the current and future health of the forest ecosystem.