Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Public invited to participate in DNREC’s new
online survey about Delaware’s Bayshore
DOVER (Nov. 30, 2012) – DNREC is inviting Delawareans and visitors to provide input about the possible recreational uses and how people use public lands along the ecologically and historically rich Delaware Bayshore, via a new online survey at Delaware Bayshore Survey. Your responses will assist DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative team in planning improvements and investments for the Bayshore region, which stretches along the central part of the state east of Route 1 from Delaware City in New Castle County to Cape Henlopen in Sussex County.
If you haven’t visited or are unaware of Delaware’s Bayshore, this unique area encompasses the shoreline of the Delaware River and Bay and its adjoining coastal marshes, agricultural fields, working waterfront towns and quiet bayside communities. Visitors are drawn to the Bayshore to discover Delaware’s wilder side through low-impact activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, birdwatching, photography and hiking. Public areas offering access along the Bayshore currently include state wildlife areas, state parks, federal refuges and reserves, boat ramps, fishing piers, beaches, and historical and cultural sites.
“Through the Delaware Bayshore Initiative, we are looking to identify which habitat improvements and recreational access investments are needed for the Bayshore region,” said the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Karen Bennett, DNREC’s Bayshore coordinator. “We’d like to hear about what visitors to Bayshore public lands enjoy most in this area – and what might make future visits even more enjoyable. For those who haven’t yet discovered Delaware’s Bayshore, we would like to know what would attract their interest.”
The survey asks current and potential Bayshore visitors a variety of questions, including frequency of visits and what types of information would be helpful to plan a visit to the Bayshore. Respondents also are asked to rate the importance of outdoor recreation activities currently available in the Bayshore, such as fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing, bicycling, photography, hiking and canoeing/kayaking; and of specific amenities such as fishing/crabbing access, hunting blinds and stands, observation platforms, trails, boat launch areas, visitor centers, restrooms, benches, and directional and informational signage.
“We encourage anyone who has an interest in this unique and beautiful part of our state to participate in this survey,” said Bob Ehemann, Outdoor Recreation planner, DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation. “These survey responses will be an important consideration as we collectively develop a strategy for the future of the Delaware Bayshore.”
This project 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. For more information on the Bayshore Initiative, click Delaware Bayshore .
Vol. 42, No. 459