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- Delaware Forest Service helps streetscape project take root in Georgetown The Delaware Forest Service (DFS) funded a downtown streetscape improvement and tree planting project in the Town of Georgetown, highlighted by this week's planting of 18 new cherry and lilac trees along East Market Street near the Sussex County Courthouse. Total cost of the project was estimated at $37,000.October 30, 2013
- Smokey Bear takes fire safety message to Delaware's largest kindergarten program (photos) 535 kindergarten students at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center in Magnolia got a first-hand lesson in fire safety and prevention from the iconic Smokey Bear, with each child asked to pledge "never to play with matches" and parting with a gift bag of Smokey Bear school supplies. McIlvaine, located in the Caesar Rodney School District and representing the largest kindergarten program in the First State, was an ideal audience for Smokey's timeless message that "Only you can prevent wildfires." The annual wildfire prevention program, sponsored by the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and coordinated by Trainer-Educator Ashley Peebles, is timed to coincide with the observance of National Fire Prevention Month in October. October 8, 2013
- Forest Service and Smokey Bear Spread Fire Safety Message to First-Grade Students As part of National Fire Prevention Month in October, Smokey Bear is once again prowling the First State to spread the timeless message that "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires." The iconic public service mascot is the centerpiece of the Delaware Forest Service's annual fire prevention education programs targeted primarily to first-grade students in all of the state's private, public, and charter schools. Ashley Peebles, an award-winning Trainer-Educator for the Delaware Forest Service, coordinates the successful effort that reaches around 9,000 students annually.October 7, 2013
- Free beekeeping event on Sept. 21 Learn about beekeeping basics, beehives, honey production and more at a free Open Hive Event sponsored by the Delaware Beekeepers Association. The free public event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Redden State Forest, Georgetown.
September 13, 2013
- UPDATE: First State firefighters battle blaze in Idaho's Payette National Forest With the National Fire Preparedness Level hitting the maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale for the first time since 2008, a crew of 19 wildland firefighters trained by the Delaware Forest Service are on the front lines of a fire in Idaho's Payette National Forest. U.S. Forest Service officials say the Delaware crew is now assigned to the Howard Fire, a small blaze ignited by lighting in the rugged terrain east of Riggins, Idaho and south of the Salmon River.August 21, 2013
- Delaware firefighters now headed to Coin Mountain Fire in Idaho's Payette National Forest A team of Delaware volunteer firefighters who have been battling a blaze in Utah for the past week are now headed to a new assignment in the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. According to Delaware state forester Michael Valenti of Dover, who is traveling with the team, Delaware's crew will be traveling over 500 miles from Utah to Idaho on August 20, and then begin its first operational period on August 21.August 20, 2013
- Update: Delaware wildfire crew battling Patch Springs Fire in Utah A team of wildland firefighters from Delaware is now assigned to the Patch Springs Fire – a 14,000-acre blaze located two miles northwest of Terra, UT that is only 20 percent contained. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the blaze is characterized by active fire behavior in timber with group tree torching and long-range spotting. Structures are threatened and evacuations in effect.
The Delaware firefighters are working on Division Z, where they are assisting with burn-out operations, line prep and patrolling. There are four crews assigned to the blaze, part of almost 150 personnel assigned to the incident. Estimated containment date: August 22.
August 14, 2013
- Delaware sending wildfire crew to Utah in response to large fires in West In response to increased fire activity in the West, the Delaware Forest Service has sent a 20-person crew of wildland firefighters to Utah. The crew will be "pre-positioned" there before a likely assignment to Eastern Great Basin region. This is the second crew from Delaware this summer - the first battled an 85,000-acre blaze near North Pole, Alaska in July. The crew departed Sunday, August 11, from Blackbird State Forest near Smyrna to board a flight to Salt Lake City, Utah from Harrisburg, PA on Monday, August 12.
August 9, 2013
- Delaware wildfire crew should return to the First State by Monday, July 22 July 18, 2013
- Update on Delaware wildfire crew in Alaska July 9, 2013
- Delaware sends 20-person crew to battle wildfire near North Pole, Alaska A crew of 20 wildland firefighters from the Delaware Forest Service that departed on Friday, July 5 has joined over 680 personnel working on the 65,000-acre Stuart Creek 2 fire, located 25 miles east of North Pole, Alaska. The blaze is only 5 percent contained and burning through a mix of hardwoods and black spruce. The crew is assigned to a "remote spike camp" and is making the adjustment to long hours of daylight typical of an Alaskan summer. The first operational day for the crew was Monday, July 8.July 5, 2013
- Polytech Students Place First in Forestry Challenge PolyTech High School in Woodside placed first among six Delaware high school FFA chapters in the annual “Forestry Career Development Event (CDE)," a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities held at Brecknock County Park in Camden this week. Led by instructor Susan Wujtewicz, PolyTech also fielded the event's individual overall winner, Jacob Dickey. The event was held in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Agriculture Forest Service.June 28, 2013
- Forestry for the future: FFA teams compete at Brecknock Park on June 25. June 20, 2013
- Redden State Forest project is part of Chesapeake Bay restoration effort The long-term battle to restore the Chesapeake Bay is quietly being waged on the Deep Creek Tract of Redden State Forest in Georgetown.June 7, 2013
- Delaware Forest Service tree health update: Sycamore anthracnose American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is a native tree that can be affected by a fungal disease known as anthracnose. Several factors such as wet weather and lower average temperatures have combined to make this a more severe year for this condition. While many of the trees in the sycamore family are showing signs of stress, experts at the Delaware Forest Service believe that the majority of these will recover and leaf out normally as temperatures warm toward summer.May 28, 2013