Contact: Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Volunteers needed for seedling potting event April 25 at St. Jones Reserve near Dover
Honor Earth Day by taking part in environmental volunteerism
DOVER (April 10, 2015)– In honor of Earth Day, volunteers are needed to assist with planting native tree seedlings in pots from 9 - 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25 at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. More than 500 seedlings, including loblolly pine, sycamore, pitch pine, eastern red cedar, and sweet gum, will be planted in pots by volunteers and then cared for in a greenhouse by Reserve staff until mature and ready for planting in a future restoration project.
“In the fall of 2016, these seedlings will be planted at the Blackbird Creek Reserve, north of Smyrna,” said Maggie Pletta, education coordinator with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), which includes the St. Jones and Blackbird Creek Reserves. “By planting the young seedlings in pots now and then planting the mature seedlings at the Reserve in the future, we are promoting volunteer participation in habitat stewardship and preserving an ecologically-valuable area along the Delaware Bayshore.”
Equipment, including gloves and shovels, will be provided. The potting event will be held outdoors, and volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old to participate; those between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration for the seedling potting event at the St. Jones Reserve is required by contacting DNERR’s Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta at 302-739-6377 or Margaret.Pletta@state.de.us. Volunteers are urged to register in advance to ensure that enough materials are available.
For information on the Reserve’s volunteer program and other happenings, please visit http://de.gov/dnerr or find us on Facebook - Delaware NERR.
The St. Jones Reserve and the Blackbird Creek Reserve are two components of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves protecting over 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine habitat across the country, DNERR serves as a place-based living laboratory and classroom to support local coastal research and long-term monitoring while advancing estuary literacy and generating meaningful experiences for all kinds of people interested in learning about, protecting and restoring the Delaware’s estuarine and coastal areas.
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 click DelawareBayshore.
Vol. 45, No. 102