Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC seeks volunteers for November wildlife area projects
Effort helps support Delaware Bayshore Initiative
DOVER (Nov. 2, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with two projects in state wildlife areas – a wineberry weed-out at Woodland Beach on Saturday, Nov. 17, and restoring an ancient sand ridge forest on the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Bethel on Sunday, Nov. 18.
- Woodland Beach Wineberry Weed-out
9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 (postponed from Oct. 27)
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, east of Smyrna
Meet at the main parking lot at the end of Woodland Beach Road
Wineberry is an invasive plant that is covering and pushing out native plants in an important wildlife habitat at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. This is a unique, rich woods habitat that is uncommon on Delaware's Coastal Plain and harbors a variety of special plants within the Bayshore region, where numerous habitat restoration and enhancement projects are occurring and being planned.
Work gloves will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own. Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. An adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 16. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the DNREC volunteer website, www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers.
- Nanticoke Wildlife Area - Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration
1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, near Bethel
Fish and Wildlife conservation staff and volunteers have been working to restore an ancient sand ridge forest, a forest composed mostly of oaks and pines that develops on ridges or dunes. Degraded by time, these areas are habitats of conservation concern in Delaware, with their restoration and/or improvement important to many plant and animal species. The goal of the project is to re-establish ancient sand ridge forest in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area to provide habitat for species of concern such as the frosted elfin, a rare butterfly that depends on plant species found only in Delaware’s ancient sand ridge forests.
Volunteers will be cutting up and removing downed trees and limbs, and logs. The work involves bending, lifting and possible use of handsaws or loppers. Work gloves, hand saws and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own. Volunteers are asked to meet at the entrance gate to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area on Red House Road, just off of Woodland Ferry Road south of Seaford and close to Bethel.
Volunteers for this project must be at least 16 years old. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the DNREC volunteer website, www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers. Maps showing the location of volunteer events and more information on other volunteer opportunities with the Division of Fish and Wildlife also are available on this website.
The Division is also looking for volunteers and groups to assist with cleanup along its beaches, marshes and wildlife areas. For more information on cleanup opportunities, or to sign up for the Woodland Beach or Nanticoke wildlife area projects, please contact Lynne Staub at 302-735-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement.
The Woodland Beach Wineberry Weed-out is part of DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development.
Vol. 42, No. 440