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We Need Your Help at Coastal Cleanup on September 15!

NWA Seeks a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

Our four previous Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers

Our four previous Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is one of many potential Host sites for the 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership and green job training opportunities for young adults through environmental, community engagement and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($16,000 annual stipend).

The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps members will work fulltime on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

If successfully matched with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the organization. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at watershed restoration, environmental education, public outreach, and water quality monitoring. Please view the CCC Position Announcement 2016-17 for full details about the expectations and responsibilities of the position. Please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden (or 443.944.1175) with any questions about this program or to directly submit your resume.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($16,000) beginning on August 23, 2016. To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Program Specialist Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.

Nanticoke Creekwatchers Program Seeking Volunteers for 2016!

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now seeking volunteers to participate in the 2016 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Program. We are in particular need of volunteers in the Tyaskin/Bivalve/Nanticoke area who can cover two sites on the river and two on Wetipquin Creek. Prospective Creekwatchers must commit to monitoring at least one assigned site every other Sunday or Monday from late March through early November. Volunteers should be prepared to sample at least 14 out of 17 sampling periods. No prior experience in water monitoring is required, but volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Please see the Nanticoke Creekwatchers page for a Creekwatchers Position Description and more information about the program, or contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden via email or by phone at 443.944.1175.

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.

Vienna Greenbelt Tree Planting on November 8-9

This Thursday and Friday, November 8-9, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be leading a 450-tree planting service project just south of the town of Vienna.

When: Thursday and Friday, November 8-9, beginning at 9:00 AM

Where: Google Map to parking site.

From Vienna, take Elliott Island Road south until you see a small, white building (pumping station) on your right at a slight bend. Please park on the right side of the station on a short driveway. Participants are welcome to park at the Alliance’s office parking lot and to carpool to the planting location.

What to bring: Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear layers and sturdy boots, if possible. Bring work gloves and shovels, if you have them, as tools will be limited. Also, please bring water and snacks or a bagged lunch.

Help Re-establish Ancient Sand Ridge Forests in the Nanticoke Widlife Area on November 18th

Nanticoke – Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration
Sunday, November 18      1 – 4 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 cutting up and removing downed trees, limbs, and logs. The work involves bending, lifting and possible use of handsaws and loppers.

What to bring/wear: Work gloves, hand saws and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own.

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

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 Staub at 302-735-3600 or lynne.staub@state.de.us.

Coastal Cleanup at Roaring Point

There can be only one Coastal Cleanup!Join the Friends of the Nanticoke River, the Salisbury University Bioenvirons Club, and the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance for our annual Roaring Point beach cleanup, September 15, 2012!

As part of the Delmarva Power – sponsored Coastal Cleanup, the annual cleanup will be held at Roaring Point Park from 9:00 am till we’re finished!  We will provide free t-shirts, bags, gloves, snacks, and cleanup supplies.  Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats.

You do not need to sign up for this event. Directions and GPS coordinates can be found at the Roaring Point Park website.