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Smith Wetland Restoration Project


The Dave Smith Wetland Project involved the restoration of three acres of marginal agricultural field on two locations on the farm.  These two wetland sites are within close proximately to the property owner’s home, and can be easily seen every morning from the kitchen window. 

This project effectively demonstrates that not all restoration activities are conducted in the “back forty” and out of sight.  Additionally, Mr. Smith planted trees and grasses through the Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in his remaining fields, which resulted in the total restoration of 35 acres. 

Sussex Tech High School environmental science class planted approximately 300 trees and shrubs in the fall of 2003. On April 8, 2004, employees of the Drainage Section planted approximately 150 trees and shrubs. 



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