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Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers
for upcoming wildlife area weed-out on Feb. 26

DOVER (Feb. 10, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with an invasive plant “weed-out” at the Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area near Smyrna on Feb. 26.

The previously announced Bittersweet and Wineberry Weed-out scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at Ommelanden Hunter Education & Training Center in New Castle has been cancelled.

  • Blackbird Reserve Invasive Plant Weed-out
    National Invasive Species Awareness Week Kick-off!
    1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
    Rain/Snow Date: 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, March 11
    Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area, near Smyrna

Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers have been working on restoration projects at this site for the past year and are making great progress. Native trees have been planted and invasive vines and shrubs cut back. However, more invasive plants must be eradicated before restoration at this site is complete, so plan to join in and help kick off National Invasive Species Awareness Week ( by working to remove invasive plants such as wintercreeper euonymous, English ivy, Japanese wisteria and multi-flora rose.

Work gloves, hand saws, pruners and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own. Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the volunteer website,

Volunteers will meet at the parking lot on Eagles Nest Landing Road, between Gum Bush Road and Deer Run Road. A map is available on the calendar page of the volunteer website above.

For more information or to sign up for these wildlife area projects, please contact Lynne Staub at 302-735-3600 or email Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement.

For maps showing the location of volunteer events, parental consent forms or more information on other volunteer opportunities with the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, visit

Vol. 42, No. 38

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