DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with a habitat restoration project to remove ornamental non-native plants on Feb. 9.
The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area, Walker School Road, east of Smyrna. Non-native ornamental shrubs are outcompeting native plants and taking over the understory at the Vogel tract on the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area, impacting native wildlife habitat as they spread. To remove these shrubs, volunteers will use hand saws, pruners and loppers, which will be provided along with work gloves, or volunteers may bring their own.
Volunteers for this project must be 15 or older. Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s website. Participants under the age of 16 also must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area’s Vogel Tract, follow Thoroughfare Neck Road, cross over Collins Beach Road, and continue to the end of the dirt road.
For more information: fw.delaware.gov/volunteers.