State Legislators, DNREC Secretary Garvin Open 2017 Fort Delaware SeasonSurrounded by children from the Delaware City Police Athletic League (PAL), State Senator Nicole Poore, State Representative Valerie Longhurst, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, representatives from the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and Ray Bivens, director of DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation, today cut the ribbon to celebrate the start of the Forts Ferry Crossing service and the first day of 2017 season at the Civil War-era attraction, Fort Delaware.2017-04-29 10:21:38
Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State ParkOn March 1, the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park was closed for migratory and beach nesting shorebirds. The closed sections, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, were marked with PVC poles and twine with flagging for visibility. The closure benefits threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other wildlife. This week, the closure will be extended approximately 100 yards south toward the Point parking area crossing. In addition, another adjustment to the southern boundary may occur as early as May 14.
Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park has reopenedThe Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park reopened today following tree maintenance work. The trail closed Feb. 17 when Division of Parks & Recreation staff noticed that trees had fallen – or were leaning over – the trail. Parks staff removed a number of those trees within the trail to ensure public safety.2017-02-28 11:01:58
The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting seasonThe Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Wednesday, March 1, for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.2017-02-27 16:32:44
New website launched to help Delawareans locate parksIn an effort to encourage more children and their families to enjoy the outdoors and outdoor-related activity year-round, Delaware State Parks has launched “Play Outside,” a new website for Delaware residents and visitors that provides convenient and detailed information about public parks and facilities in Delaware.2017-02-23 11:10:40
Public input sought by Delaware Open Space Council regarding Open Space Program PlanDOVER – The last of three statewide public workshops for gathering comment about Delaware’s Open Space Program Plan – following amendments made last year to the state’s Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Chapter 75), and public concern about certain components of the Open Space Program – is set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington. The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Ball Barn’s Calving Room, 1914 West Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803.2017-02-21 03:30:48
Opening of trails along C&D Canal celebrated by Delaware, Maryland officialsThe grand opening of recreational trails along the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal was celebrated by Delaware and Maryland officials who included Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Michael Bliss, USDA Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan, DNREC Secretary David Small, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Delaware State Senator Nicole Poore, Delaware City Mayor Stanley Green and Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos. They were joined by other officials, scores of trails partners and enthusiasts, and special guest, former Delaware Governor and Congressman Michael N. Castle.2017-01-13 18:19:00
Delaware State Parks launches new Children in Nature initiative with monthly outdoor themesIn an effort to encourage more Delaware children to enjoy the outdoors and outdoor-related activity year-round, the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition, of which DNREC is a member, will highlight an “Outdoor Theme of the Month” beginning in January 2017. Using the Delaware Children in Nature Outdoor Bill of Rights as a template, an “Outdoor Right,” or theme, will be selected each month.2016-12-27 14:59:58