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Volunteer Opportunity: Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration at Nanticoke Wildlife Area

Nanticoke – Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration
Sunday, December 7      1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Meet at the entrance gate to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area on Red House Road, just off of Woodland Ferry Road, South of Seaford and close to Bethel.    View Map

Project description: Fish and Wildlife conservation staff and volunteers have been working to restore an ancient sand ridge forest, a forest composed mostly of oaks and pines that develops on ridges or dunes. Degraded by time, these areas are habitats of conservation concern in Delaware, with their restoration and/or improvement important to many plant and animal species. The goal of the project is to re-establish ancient sand ridge forest in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area to provide habitat for species of concern such as the frosted elfin, a rare butterfly that depends on plant species found only in Delaware’s ancient sand ridge forests.

Volunteers will be removing pre-cut trees, limbs, and logs. The work involves bending, lifting and possibly the use of handsaws and loppers.

What to bring/wear: Work gloves, hand saws and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes or boots, and are encouraged to dress in layers based on the weather.

Age requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form. An adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 16.

Contact: Volunteers are asked to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement. For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Lynne Pusey at 302-735-3609 or lynne.pusey@state.de.us.