Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service, 302-698-4552.
Delaware Forest Service offers ‘Trees for the Bay’
in partnership with DNREC’s 2014 rain barrel program
DOVER (March 24, 2014) – in partnership with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrels program, the Delaware Forest Service is inviting residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to “buy a rain barrel … get a free tree” through the Forest Service’s “Trees for the Bay” program.
For each purchase of a discounted rain barrel on Tuesday, April 8 in New Castle County, Wednesday, April 9 in Kent County, and Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16 in Sussex County, Delaware residents who live at eligible addresses will receive a voucher worth $100 toward the purchase of a qualifying tree(s) at participating nurseries and garden centers. Additional rain barrel purchases to qualifying residents will be eligible for additional vouchers, while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
Available through DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program, the heavy-duty plastic rain barrels are for sale to Delaware residents at a discounted price of $57.88 each. Tree vouchers will be available to Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents when purchasing rain barrels at these pickup locations:
· For New Castle County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Tuesday, April 8, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at the New Castle Conservation District office Maintenance Yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark. Directions
· For Kent County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Wednesday, April 9, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at DNREC’s State Fair Building located off Route 13 in Harrington at the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink. Directions
· For western Sussex County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Tuesday, April 15, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at the Seaford Public Works Building, 320 Virginia, Avenue, Seaford. Directions
· For eastern Sussex County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Wednesday, April 16, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. Directions
Vouchers are available only to those who reside within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To see if your address falls within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed boundaries, please visit http://de.gov/findmywatershed. Vouchers must be redeemed by Monday, May 5 at these participating nurseries and garden centers:
· Willey Farms, 4092 DuPont Parkway, Townsend, 302-378-8441
· Elmer’s Market, 13257 Seashore Highway, Georgetown, 302-337-8110
· Jeff’s Greenhouse and Gift Shop, 7781 Main Street, Bethel, 800-276-3420
· Barton’s Landscaping/Lawn Co., 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford, 302-629-9645
Vouchers are not redeemable for the following tree species (which are not recommended and/or considered invasive species): ash, northern red oak, Leyland-cypress, hemlock, Japanese black pine, Australian pine, American elm, Norway maple, Tree of Heaven, Paulownia, mimosa, white mulberry, Chinese elm, any white-barked birch and any species or variety of pear.
The Delaware Forest Service and DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship both recognize the important role trees play in cleaning our air and water while enhancing the quality of life for Delaware residents. Trees reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, remove excess nutrients, and filter harmful pollutants before they make their way into the tributaries, streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program is underwritten by federal funds designed to help communities meet the water quality goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). For more details, visit
For more information about the Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program, please visit http://delawaretrees.com/trees-for-the-bay, or contact Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service, at 302-659-6704, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about DNREC’s discounted rain barrel program, please call Sharon Webb, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email email@example.com.
Vol. 44, No. 77