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The state continues to make progress toward planting one million trees by 2030

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The “Tree for Every Delawarean” initiative is moving closer to its goal.

This year, seven new projects will add 35,000 trees, bringing the state to over 200,000 trees planted by the end of 2024. The goal is to plant one million trees by 2030.

The seven newly funded projects will receive a combined $238,500 and will plant trees in all three counties.

These include plantings by the Center of the Inland Bays, St. Anne's Episcopal School in Middletown and the Village of Ardencroft, as well as trees planted on the Pomeroy Trail bike path in Newark on Del Tech campuses.

Other projects include Delaware Interfaith Power and Light plantings in Newark and Wilmington and Delaware Wild Lands plantings in Middletown and Frankford.

“There has definitely been a lot of interest, and we don’t want to forget our partners at the Delaware Forest Service. The Urban and Community Forestry Program is one of our key partners in the Tree for Every Delawarean Initiative. So these are “They’re not the only projects going on in the state. They focus primarily on plantings in urban environments,” said Beth Krumrine, principal planner for DNREC’s Climate, Coastal and Energy Division.

In the 2023 financial year, a total of 10,845 trees were planted on around 27 hectares using TEDI funds.

Krumrine says these trees may not be in the ground before the fall.

“And fall is the best time to plant trees here in Delaware because it reduces summer stress because the need for constant watering reduces summer stress,” Krumrine said.