I have access to some 500 butternuts that a friend and I harvested last fall. We would like to learn how to sprout the nuts properly in order to plant small orchards of them in suitable locations around the interior of B.C.. The tree we got the nuts from was planted sometime in the 1940s, so we know they will survive here if watered properly. Our goal is to try to create isolated groups of these trees in order to help preserve the species. Any advice anyone can give on this topic will be greatly appreciated. We have already planted an additional 4-500 nuts on the farm, but aren't certain they will sprout. Thank you, Chris Green.