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Delaware crew heads to the Northwest as wildfire season heats up

Date Posted: Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Categories:  Forest Service News

In response to increased wildfire activity in the western United States, the Delaware Forest Service (DFS) dispatched a crew of volunteer wildland firefighters from Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna on Saturday, July 19 that traveled to Redmond, Oregon. The team is getting in position to fight a wildfire in that region and should receive its assignment in the next 24 hours. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho recently upped its National Fire Preparedness Level to 3 on a 5-point scale. However in the Northwest, the regional level is currently at the maximum 5 on a 5-point scale due to the incidence of 17 new fires and 24 large uncontained blazes.




Middletown H.S. FFA students take forestry challenge

Date Posted: Friday, June 27th, 2014
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Middletown High School FFA students won the 2014 “Forestry Career Development Event (CDE),” a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities. Sussex Central High School’s FFA team placed second. Each team consisted of four students who answered both individual and team-based questions. Middletown will now represent Delaware at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky that begins on October 29, 2014.




Gov. Markell celebrates Arbor Day with over 500 students at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

Date Posted: Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Governor Jack Markell celebrated Arbor Day by joining over 500 kindergarten students at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center for a ribbon-cutting to unveil the school’s new “Tree Walk & Talk Arboretum.” Gov. Markell also honored winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor School Poster Contest and joined in commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the adoption of the American holly as Delaware’s state tree in 1939.




2014 Arbor Day School Poster Contest Winners

Date Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

The Delaware Forest Service has announced the winners of its annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest with a theme of “Trees are terrific… in cities and towns!” This year’s statewide winner is Isabella Garber, a fifth-grader at Christ the Teacher School in Newark. Her poster was judged the best overall on the following qualities: artistic expression, originality, neatness, and use of theme. Complete archive of winners at delawaretrees.com.




Delaware Forest Service to hold 19th “Fire Camp” at Redden State Forest on April 26

Date Posted: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

The Delaware Forest Service will hold its 19th annual Fire Camp at Redden State Forest near Georgetown on Saturday, April 26 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The intensive one-day seminar provides hands-on training to volunteer wildland firefighters and, weather permitting, will feature a “live burn” exercise in which crew members battle an actual wildfire.





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