Pledge by Delaware Forest Service
Delaware Forest Service - One million trees (2020 - 2030)Total Trees Pledged: 1,000,000
Supporting actions: Sustainable Forestry, Data and Technological Tools, Science and Technical Assistance, Tree Protection through Management, Forest Product Markets and Innovation, Environmental Education,
The Delaware Forest Service (DFS) employs 22 full-time staff, including professional foresters, conservation technicians, and education, communication, and administrative professionals. These experts provide technical assistance, funding, and education that serve as the foundation for tree planting, conservation, reforestation, forest management, and wildfire protection throughout the First State. The DFS intends to be a cooperative partner in achieving a global goal of restoring and growing one trillion trees by 2030.
Since 1927, the DFS has worked with regional and national organizations on behalf of the citizens of the First State to help them harness the full range of environmental and economic benefits from trees and forests. Delaware covers about 1.25 million acres, of which about 359,000 acres are forested (almost 30%). The DFS pledges to work with cooperative partners of 1t.org to connect tree planting and restoration opportunities with professionals who can ensure that trees will both survive and thrive in the First State.
With more than 78 percent of Delaware’s forests privately owned, technical assistance will be integral to the success of 1t.org. The DFS pledges to continue its commitment to sustainable forestry and stewardship, restoration of forest wetlands and headwater forests, soil and water conservation, tree planting and maintenance, forest markets, urban and community forestry, wildfire reduction, and trees as an important buffer against climate change and coastal sea-level rise.
The Delaware Forest Service plans to work with a wide range of national, regional, state, and local partners from all sectors—government, nonprofit, and private—to secure the resources to meet its pledged goal of 1 million trees by 2030.
Arbor Day Foundation
USDA Forest Service
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy
Delaware Open Space Council
Governor’s Council on Forestry
Delaware Community Forestry Council
Municipalities (57 incorporated communities)
Homeowner and Civic Associations
Delaware Association of Conservation Districts
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
Delaware Cooperative Extension
Delaware Forestry Association
Delaware Nature Society
Delaware Tree Farm Committee
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Acres: 1,000 / Trees: 186,145
Acres: 2,500 / Trees: 465,364
Forest Protection and Restoration
• Work with partners to protect and conserve headwater forests, large contiguous forest blocks, and forested wetlands
• Restore and expand areas for a variety of forest types, including state rare types such as baldcypress, Atlantic white-cedar, ancient sand-ridge oak forests, and Coastal Plain rich woods.
• Use tree plantings (afforestation) to connect critical forested blocks and landscapes to improve their ecological quality and value.
• Support forest protection statutes to protect forest corridors and riparian buffers.
• Protect critical forests through conservation easements using state, county, and nongovernmental funding sources.
• Maintain funding for Delaware’s Forestland Preservation Program.
• Prioritize acquisition of lands containing riparian corridors, at-risk wildlife, and rare habitats.
Conservation of Soil and Water Resources
• Permanently protect headwater and wetland forests.
• Work with partners to restore wetland/floodplain forests in critical forest landscapes.
• Establish forested buffers along impaired waterways and isolated forested wetlands.
• Monitor forest management operations to ensure they do not degrade water quality.
• Support efforts to protect non-tidal freshwater wetlands
• Plant riparian forested buffers along tax ditches.
• Protect forested ground water recharge areas.
Urban and Community Forests
• Increase urban tree canopy by working with communities on projects that highlight the benefits of trees on public health, quality of life, heat island mitigation, and water quality.
• Set tree canopy goals for priority communities.
• Continue community forestry matching grant program.
• Afforest vacant open space managed by civic associations.
• Work partners in each county to provide technical assistance and promote storm water mitigation using tree planting and forest conservation.
• Provide technical urban forestry assistance to municipalities.
• Increase the number of managing communities, especially in urban priority area communities.
• Encourage urban forest management plans with professional tree inventories.
• Assist civic associations with education technical assistance and encourage urban forest management plans.
• Provide education and resources on http://delawaretrees.com
Goals: (Delaware Statewide Forest Strategy and Delaware Forest Action Plan)
To ensure the perpetuation of forests for the long term, governments must include provisions to promote forests and assist forest landowners in their policies, laws, and long-term planning processes. Governments also need to include forest protection and enhancement within their budgeting processes. The DFS, working with our partners, has identified the following strategies concerning the legal, institutional and economic framework for forest conservation.
• Increase landowners’ and governments’ knowledge and appreciation of forests and forest management.
• Assist at least 50 new (or those who previously never worked with forestry professionals) forest landowners in the rural priority area and 5 community leaders and civic associations in urban UTC priority communities annually.
• Explore opportunities to provide forest and tree management information to new landowners, homeowners, and homeowner associations (HOAs).
• Provide educational opportunities for forest landowners via all avenues (print, media, Internet, etc.) and utilize State Forests as forest management demonstration sites.
• Incorporate forests and related issues into state, county, and local land-use planning.
• Provide urban forestry educational programs (land-use planning, tree care, etc.) to community leaders, civic associations, and homeowners.
• Consider legislation requiring certification for tree care professionals operating in Delaware.
• Promote the importance of forest markets and forest industry to state legislators and key decision makers.
• Increase teachers’ and students’ understanding and appreciation of forests and forest management.
• Establish a working group to support new and existing school-based outdoor learning centers and develop best practices for their curriculum and use.
• Incorporate Children in Nature curriculum into schools.
• Maintain active participation in the Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE).
• Incorporate the Project Learning Tree (PLT) curriculum into pre-service programs at Delaware college and university teaching programs.
• Assist with incorporating forestry into the implementation of the new statewide Environmental Literacy Program (ELP).
• Continue maintaining the two State Forest Education Centers and promote them for use in local school curricula.
• Continue providing forestry educational programs to elementary schools (Arbor Day, Smokey Bear, etc.).
• Work with partners and continue providing natural resource learning opportunities outside of the classroom, such as Envirothon, Science Olympiad, and Forestry 4-H programs.
• Participate in the development and implementation of the Delaware Master Naturalist Program as well as curriculum development where applicable.