Delaware forestry banquet is March 21 in Felton; College scholarship offered

FELTON, Del. — The Delaware Forestry Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held on Thursday, March 21  from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Felton Fire Hall (9 E. Main St., Felton, DE 19943)  Highlights will include the Delaware Tree Farm Committee’s presentation of its 2019 “Tree Farmer of the Year” Award and recognition of 25-Year Tree Farmers. The American Tree Farm System was established in 1941 and is one of the oldest forest landowner organizations. Delaware’s first Tree Farm was certified in 1959; today there are more than 200 Tree Farms covering 20,000 acres.

The DFA will also hold its annual business meeting and elect its 2019 Board of Directors. Tickets are $27 each for adults, $13.50 for ages 6 to 12.

To reserve tickets, please download the 2019 Meeting Registration Form and mail to:

Delaware Forestry Association
P.O. Box 344
Bridgeville, Delaware 19933

For more information contact:
Steve Ditmer (phone: 410-896-9283)

Delaware Forestry Association Scholarship 

Each year, the Delaware Forestry Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to a full-time student who has chosen forestry or a related major and plans to enroll at a two-year or four-year accredited school program.  The application deadline is April 1 and the winner will be notified by May 1. The successful applicant will receive his or her award at the Delaware State Fair on Governor’s Day.

DFA 2018 scholarship

2018 Delaware Forestry Association Scholarship winner Shawn Mitchell (center) received a ceremonial $1,000 check at the Delaware State Fair joined by (from left) his father David Mitchell, DFA director Brian Michalski, his mother Mellissa Mitchell, Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, and Gov. John Carney.

Applicants must show financial need and academic merit.  All applicants shall be in the top 25% of their class in high school, and maintain an acceptable grade point average in college.  The award will be sent directly to the college in which the student is enrolled.  All applicants must submit a short essay describing their personal goals and reason they feel they are deserving of this award.  Applicants may be requested for a personal interview by the scholarship committee.

View the rules and download the 2019 Delaware Forest Association scholarship application

Applications may be mailed to:

Delaware Forestry Association
c/o Sam Topper
Delaware Forest Service
Redden State Forest
18074 Redden Forest Drive
Georgetown, DE 19947

The Delaware Forestry Association is inviting those interested in forestry to join the DFA or renew their membership for 2019. Members can select from one of the five membership categories and use the membership form to register.

  • Student $ 5.00
  • Harvester $ 50.00
  • Individual $15.00
  • Corporation $200.00
  • Family $25.00

2019 Delaware Forestry Association Annual Meeting Agenda

6:00 p.m. — Registration & Social Hour

Silent Auction … remains open until 7:45 pm

7:00 p.m. —  Buffet-Style Dinner

Fried Oysters, Chicken Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Dumplings, Cole Slaw, Roll, Dessert, and Beverage

8:00 p.m. —  Welcome

  • DFA Annual Business Meeting
  • Election of 2018-2019 DFA Board of Directors
  • Delaware Tree Farmer-of-the-Year Awards
  • Delaware Forest Service – Forestry Administrator’s Update

9:00 p.m.  — Wrap-up

Announcement of Silent Auction Winners/Adjourn

  • If you can DONATE items to the Silent Auction, please bring them or contact a DFA Board Director
  • We will receive 2019 DFA Membership dues at the door, or pre-send them with meeting registration