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Holiday Tree Planting 2017

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Get into the holiday spirit and give back to the earth on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday December 14, 15 & 16!

We need 100+ volunteers to plant trees at Angola Neck Preserve (22403 Waterview Rd, Lewes, DE 19958), between Lewes and Millsboro. Your efforts will prevent nutrient pollution, reduce stormwater runoff, and create habitat for birds and native wildlife for years to come!

BONUS – Join us for a planting shift and we will mail a free postcard to a loved one to show them that you gave back to the earth – in their honor. This is the perfect as a Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanza / Festivus gift for the tree-hugger in your life!


Thurs – 12/14 Fri – 12/15
Sat – 12/16

9am – Noon
Tamping/Straightening Trees

Plot Planting

9am – Noon
Plot Planting


10am – 2pm
Plot Planting


Noon – 4pm
Tamping/Straightening Trees




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Participant Information

To register more than one person, please complete this form and then refresh the page for a new form. For large groups (clubs, churches, corporate volunteers, etc) please email us directly at communications@inlandbays.org.
All minors must be accompanied by and have a waiver signed by a guardian over 18 years of age.

Select a time to volunteer!

Job opportunities vary by date and time. Please select the date(s) / time(s) you will be joining this planting event!

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Why We’re Planting

Nutrient pollution remains the greatest threat to good water quality in the Inland Bays. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus (from fertilizers, human wastewater, and runoff from developed lands), can cause algal blooms which lead to murky water, low oxygen levels, and the disappearance of bay grasses. Reforesting these lands prevents them from being fertilized, and allows the new trees to help remove some of the existing nutrient pollution in the soil and groundwater, preventing it from reaching local creeks or rivers – and eventually the Inland Bays.

This project will also benefit native wildlife by creating more ‘interior forested habitat’. When an area is fragmented by development, forests are carved into ever smaller pieces, creating less-productive “edge habitat” next to roads, fields and developed areas. As we lose vital interior habitat, we see fewer species that rely on it – like the Delmarva fox squirrel, the Cope’s gray tree frog, and songbirds including the wood thrush, scarlet tanager, and yellow-throated warbler. By reforesting cropland adjacent to other forested areas, this project will give some interior-forest dwelling species the space they need to survive.