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DNREC’s 27th annual beach grass planting March 19 covered five miles in helping preserve and protect Delaware’s coastline

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:31
DOVER (March 24, 2015) – Almost one thousand hardy volunteers who turned out in the face of cold and snow for DNREC’s 27th Annual Beach Grass Planting March 19 enabled the planting this year of more than five miles of Delaware shoreline

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter March 14 thru 20

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 15:21
DOVER (March 24, 2016) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between March 14-20 made 933 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued nine citations.

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey volunteer training offered Saturday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 6

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 14:50
DOVER (March 24, 2016) – DNREC’s Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey

Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contests set for April 14

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 14:04
DOVER (March 24, 2016) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Dover Public Library for the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests. Following the competition, entries will be on display at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge April 15-29.

Delaware turkey hunting season to open April 9

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:33
DOVER (March 24, 2016) – Delaware’s spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, May 7, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police offering reward for information about suspect who drove through flock of snow geese

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:33
LEWES (March 17, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle who, according to witnesses, intentionally drove through a flock of snow geese off Mulberry Knoll Road near Lewes around mid-morning Sunday, March 13. The vehicle struck numerous snow geese and left them lying dead or dying in a farm field.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter March 7 thru 13

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:32
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between March 7-13 made 1002 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 11 citations.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating weekend deaths of four bald eagles in Sussex County

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:31
DAGSBORO (March 20, 2016) – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the deaths of four bald eagles in Delaware over the weekend. One of the eagles was found dead near Dagsboro Saturday morning. Three more bald eagles died later after resuscitation efforts by Tri-State Bird Rescue failed.

DNREC announces award of nearly $1 point 3 million in Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grants for local parks and trails projects

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:39
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program, formerly known as the Delaware Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund, has awarded $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects throughout the state, the department announced today.

Statewide Activity Approval permit from DNREC proposed to facilitate shellfish aquaculture in Delaware

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:31
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC is proceeding with a Statewide Activity Approval permitting process that will enable the start-up of limited commercial shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays by authorizing the permitting of activities in specifically-designated areas intended to help improve water quality and provide new business opportunities.

Wildlife advisory council to meet March 29 in Dover

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:00
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – The Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish will consider an alternate approach to the proposed conservation access pass that will be presented by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at the council’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Annual wild turkey hunt for youth and non ambulatory disabled hunters set for April 2

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 08:41
DOVER (March 22, 2016) – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2016 spring wild turkey season, youth ages 10-15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC announces that federal flood insurance is now available in New Castle County’s Village of Arden

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 17:10
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – The Village of Arden in New Castle County has become the latest Delaware community to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program

Kent County student places second in National Conservation District Poster Contest

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 15:55
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – A Kent County student was recently named the second place winner nationwide in the National Association of Conservation Districts’ (NACD) conservation poster contest, themed “Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Feb. 29-March 6

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:08
DOVER (March 11, 2016) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 29-March 6 made 886 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public,

DNREC Mosquito Control Sections spraying season begins with larviciding wooded wetlands

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:02
DOVER (March 17, 2016) – Weather-permitting, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section will begin its annual spring woodland-pool spraying campaign downstate Saturday, March 19 and upstate Tuesday, March 22, treating wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware State Parks to hold more auctions of low digit surf tags

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:00
DOVER (March 16, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will feature two auctions for low digit surf fishing tags in March and April.

Upstate trout season to open April 2 in six New Castle County streams

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 09:58
DOVER (March 16, 2016) – Delaware’s spring 2016 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Portions of six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – will be stocked and ready with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish.

Open house on Cape Henlopen State Park campground renovation will be held March 21

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 07:42
DOVER (March 15, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host a public open house to review renovation plans for the Cape Henlopen State Park campground. The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the park’s Officer’s Club/Youth Camp 3,15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958.

Delaware State Parks offers unique advertising opportunity

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 13:36
DOVER (March 14, 2016) – For the third year, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will offer local businesses the opportunity to promote their business on the beaches while supporting the beach patrol. Beginning today, businesses will be able to purchase space on lifeguard stands at Cape Henlopen’s Main Beach Bathhouse, Delaware Seashore State Park beaches (Tower Road Beach and Indian River Inlet), and Fenwick Island’s State Line Beach. In addition, the Water Park at Killens Pond State Park has been added