Boys and Girl Scouts from the Delmarva Peninsula will join adult volunteers to plant 4,000 seedlings on a 10-acre tract of Blackbird State Forest on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Hardwood tree seedlings will be planted rain or shine; once delivered, the tree seedlings must be planted.
In 2012, 73 youths and 49 adult volunteers planted 4,000 oak seedlings on a 10-acre planting site. To date, over 90 percent have survived.
The troops will be all Two Bays Cub Scout packs, boy scout troops, venture crews, and Girl Scouts Chesapeake Bay Troops.
Blackbird State Forest is north of Smyrna, is on the east side of Blackbird Forest Road and is 1.4 miles southwest of the Route 13 junction.
The State of Delaware recently purchased this tract of land and would like to reforest 10 acres with hardwood tree seedlings. Scouts will earn service hours and complete rank and conservation award requirements where applicable.
Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, and a desire to help complete this conservation project. Planting tools will be provided.