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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 5 hours 44 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donations for 2014 to 2015 season

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:40
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.

Delaware to extend recreational black sea bass season

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – The early recreational black sea bass season will be extended for three days, remaining open Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The Division is making the change so that Delaware’s black sea bass regulations will match federal black sea bass regulations, as is required of southern region states from Delaware to North Carolina.

DNREC hosts Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series guided nature walk and celebration Sept. 20 in Seaford

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:07
SEAFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – Chapel Branch Nature Area in Sussex County will be the setting Saturday, Sept. 20, for the final 2014 event in the Reclaim Our River (ROR) - Nanticoke Series, a program offering monthly events, workshops and recreational activities all aimed at raising water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.

Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge in Wilmington State Parks' Brandywine Park back open following renovations

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:08
WILMINGTON (Sept. 17, 2014) – Almost two months to the day, the “swinging bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, has re-opened, following extensive renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington, and is a main artery for commuters who use the trail regularly to walk and bicycle to and from work and various other destinations.

Conservation Districts to sponsor 2014 conservation poster contest

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:03
DOVER (Sept. 17, 2014) – The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries now for their annual conservation poster contest based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 7. Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

One weekend only!Delaware Outdoor Family Campout will teach new campers the basics at Fort Delaware State Park

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:03
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – The Delaware Outdoor Family Program, which began last year as a way to bring families outdoors and into nature, returns this fall for just one weekend - on Sept. 27 - at Fort Delaware State Park. The campout is intended to introduce families to camping as a hobby and offers an exclusive opportunity to camp on Pea Patch Island within the walls of the historic Civil War fort.

Fall Migration Bird Walks offered at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:58
LEWES (Sept. 16, 2014) – Park naturalists at Cape Henlopen State Park will guide visitors in explorations of the park’s birding hot spots and search for birds during their fall migration. The program meets at 8 a.m. every until Nov. 11. Beginning birders are welcome.

Fort Delaware Season Extended

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:23
DELAWARE CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park invites visitors who missed a trip to the Civil War-era fort this summer to a weekend of programs on Sept. 27 and 28. Among the numerous activities available, visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on-blacksmithing programs. A special family campout is scheduled for Sept. 27; details are available at 302-834-7941. Programs will also be offered on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will feature a period wedding at 1 p.m.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp reopens with dredging completed

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:07
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – With maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel at Augustine Beach near Port Penn completed, the boat ramp and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin have reopened for public use, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 2 to 8

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:47
DOVER (Sept. 12, 2014) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Sept. 2-8 made 918 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 143 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 24 citations.

Delaware State Parks to join thousands around the U.S. to celebrate National Public Lands Day

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:48
DOVER (Sept. 12, 2014) – To support public lands and getting active outside, Delaware State Parks will host environmental education programs and recreational opportunities on Sept. 27, in five parks throughout the state. The event is part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). More than 175,000 people around the nation will volunteer or participate in various programs to beautify the land, improve their fitness and enjoy the outdoors.

DNREC and conservation partnership to launch Delawares 2nd annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:32
MILFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – DNREC Secretary David Small will join the Delaware Nature Society and 19 other organizations that comprise the conservation partnership S.O.S. Delaware for a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 to announce Delaware’s second annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week (Sept. 13-20) and to share information about sea level rise and its impact on Delaware.

New Ralph D Kellam CR Center near Felton rededicated as sporting dog field trial and training facility

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:44
PETERSBURG (Sept. 9, 2014) – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis and a host of sporting dog club members from around Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic region to dedicate a new 2,400-square-foot building on the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area as the second Ralph D. Kellam Conservation and Recreation Center.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:20
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2014) – Have you taken a great photo of a Delaware hunter in action, perhaps in a duck blind or deer stand? If so, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife invites you to enter the 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Sept 11 public hearing on interstate striped bass management plan

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:02
DOVER (Sept. 8, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 26 to Sept 1

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2014) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Aug. 26-Sept. 1 made 3,061 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 873 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 122 citations.

Volunteers begin 2014 Hawk Watch at Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:51
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2014) – As the summer season slowly fades and an autumn chill returns to the air in Delaware, thousands of migrating raptors will travel south over Delaware on their way to warmer winter climates.

Public information meeting on planned improvements to Hearns Pond Dam set for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:46
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10 on planned improvements to the Hearns Pond Dam near Seaford,

First 2014 finding of West Nile Virus in DNREC Mosquito Controls sentinel chickens reported

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:24
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in Delaware in blood samples taken from DNREC’s sentinel chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases. The samples are collected as part of a statewide surveillance program conducted by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section. No cases of West Nile virus have been found in horses or humans so far in Delaware this year, with two cases found in wild birds in August.

Governor Markell signs bill declassifying and updating fines for certain hunting fishing and boating offenses

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:15
DOVER (Sept. 2, 2014) – Today at Wilmington’s DuPont Environmental Education Center, as DNREC Secretary David S. Small and Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine looked on, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation that changes more than three dozen less severe environmental offenses associated with wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating from environmental misdemeanors to environmental violations and exempts these violations from being included in state criminal history records.