Delaware moves closer to goal of planting 1 million trees – WGMD


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DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin (left) works with a colleague to plant another tree as part of the Tree for Every Delawarean Initiative, which aims to plant one million trees in the First State by 2023 /DNREC photo

The Tree for Every Delawarean Initiative – or TEDI – is making significant progress toward its goal of planting one million trees by 2030. Seven new projects have been funded, bringing the total this year to over 200,000 trees. These new projects – stretching from Frankford to Wilmington – were selected from 15 applications and will add an additional 35,000 trees. They involve a range of organizations, including nonprofits, cities, and schools. Project recipients and project locations include:

  • Center for the Inland Bays in Georgetown and Lewes
  • City of Newark along the Pomeroy Trail bike path
  • Delaware Interfaith Power and Light to plant in Newark and Wilmington
  • Delaware Technical Community College at all campuses
  • Delaware Wild Lands in Middletown and Frankford
  • St. Anne's Episcopal School in Middletown
  • Village of Ardencroft for planting in New Castle County

In fiscal year 2023, 10,845 trees were planted with TEDI funds. The 2023 TEDI Annual Report can be found on the DNREC website. For additional funding opportunities, as well as a list of native tree nurseries, tree care tips, and a TEDI tree tracker, visit Delaware residents can help TEDI achieve its goal by adding details to the tracker about newly planted trees on their property.

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