Volunteers sought to plant 3,500 trees Friday and Saturday


The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers to help plant 3,500 seedlings this weekend at the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach.

The planting sessions will be held at the Muddy Neck Tract off Double Bridges Road, spread over two days, with two shifts available each day. On Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, there will be a shift from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 3 p.m.

No experience is necessary to help plant the seedlings. The CIB does, however, ask that volunteers arrive promptly at the start times to complete a waiver and hear instructions on how to plant. Participants younger than 18 must have an adult present.

Volunteers are also being encouraged to bring shovels and sturdy gloves if they have them, and a reusable water bottle as well.

Schell brothers is offering refreshments at a model home at the nearby development The Preserve at Jefferson Creek during the plantings, with coffee, doughnuts and fruit available Friday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m., and beer, wine and finger-sandwiches starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The address for the model home is 32788 Warbler Road, Frankford. Volunteers are being asked to RSVP for the planting via Eventbrite, at https://buff.ly/2tcCMf8.

There will be no rain date. However, there is another tree-planting event scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Lewes. The location for that planting, which involves 2,300 seedlings, is the Sussex County Landfill #3 Buffer Site.

Volunteers are again being asked to arrive promptly, at 12:30, p.m. to sign in, complete a waiver and hear planting instructions. Parking will be available at the site, which is at 22098 Dorman Road, Lewes. Carpooling is recommended. The rain date for that planting is Sunday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m.