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For more information, contact Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Volunteers needed to plant trees Oct. 27 at Blackbird Creek Reserve, enhancing the Delaware Bayshore

(TOWNSEND – Oct. 17, 2012) – Blackbird Creek Reserve, just north of Smyrna, invites volunteers to take part in a tree planting event that will enhance and preserve one of Delaware’s most beautiful areas in the Delaware Bayshore. The more than 300 trees that will be planted on Saturday, Oct. 27 will create critical bird and wildlife habitat and expand conservation efforts at the Reserve.

“This tree planting event is part of a long-range restoration plan that has been underway at Blackbird Creek Reserve since 2007,” said Kimberly Cole, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve manager. “The new trees will restore wildlife habitat and advance the goals of the Delaware Bayshore Initiative by promoting volunteer participation in habitat stewardship and preserving an ecologically-valuable area along the Delaware Bay.”

Over the past five years, more than 7,400 trees have been planted at Blackbird Creek Reserve creating habitat and providing environmental education and research opportunities there. Hundreds of volunteers have been instrumental in the restoration and habitat stewardship of the Reserve. 

Blackbird Creek Reserve Tree Planting
10 a.m. – noon, Saturday, October 27th
Meet at the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend

Native seedling trees, such as Willow Oak, Red cedar, River birch and Red maple, to name a few, will be planted along a stream that feeds into the Blackbird Creek.

Equipment, including shovels, will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather – wear boots and other work shoes, heavy-duty gloves and hats and bring insect repellent and sunscreen, if needed.

In case of inclement weather leading to postponement, youth groups, community groups, businesses, and other organizations are urged to pre-register by providing contact information to Kimberly Cole at 302-739-3436 or email

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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. The Delaware Bayshore Initiative was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior as one of the country’s most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world.

The Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones 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, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (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.  

Directions to the Blackbird Creek Reserve:

From the NORTH:  Take Rt. 1 S to Exit 136 toward Odessa (Rt 299). From Rt. 299, turn right onto Rt. 13 S in Odessa. Turn left onto Blackbird Landing Rd. Continue to the Reserve on the left.

From the SOUTH: Take Route 13 N to Blackbird Landing Rd. Turn right onto Blackbird Landing Rd.  The Reserve is located on the left.

Vol. 42, No. 405       


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