DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy announces St. Jones Reserve Visitor Center closed until fall for renovations
DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy announced today that the visitor center at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover is temporarily closed for updating of the reserve’s exhibit hall. Construction is slated to be completed in early fall. During construction, restrooms will be open during normal office hours, and trails and grounds remain open to the public every day from dawn until dusk.
The St. Jones Reserve is the southern component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. DNERR is a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. DNERR is administered through the Delaware Coastal Programs Section of DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy.
For more information, please call the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve at 302-739-6377.
Vol. 48, No. 188
Governor John C. Carney, Jr. presided over the Delaware Forest Service’s 2018 Arbor Day Celebration at DNERR St. Jones Reserve in Dover on Friday, May 4.
Joined by Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. David Wilson, Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse, and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Governor Carney honored the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day School Poster Contest, including Statewide Winner Amelia Meyer of Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville. The 2018 poster contest theme was “Trees are Terrific… and Perfect for Pollinators!” The Governor also recognized representatives from some of Delaware’s 17 Tree City USA communities, including Dover Air Force Base and Arden. The event culminated with the planting of two new hawthorn trees, part of a new “science garden” at the reserve, in keeping the 2018 poster contest theme and its focus on pollinators.
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), a partnership between DNREC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently collaborated with 15 other National Estuarine Research Reserves in 13 coastal states on a first-in-the-nation research study that examined the capabilities of tidal marshes to keep pace with sea level rise. Results of the pioneering study, “Rising to the Challenge: Will Tidal Marshes Survive Rising Seas?” were recently published in Biological Conservation, an internationally-recognized journal of conservation and natural resource management. The study included a tidal marsh resiliency assessment of DNERR’s St. Jones Reserve in Dover.
9th Annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival to celebrate Delaware’s natural treasures Saturday, Oct. 15
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) and DNREC will showcase one of the most natural areas in Delaware – which includes autumn’s vibrant foliage within the lush landscape and pristine waters of the Blackbird Creek Reserve – with the 9th Annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 15 on the Delaware Bayshore Byway.
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) will host a variety of special events for National Estuaries Week at the Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones Reserve on September 24