Trees ready to pick up in Fenwick Island

March 29 is dedicated to trees in Fenwick Island. At 10 a.m., the Environmental Committee will host a talk on the importance of trees featuring Dorothy Abbott of the Extension for Renewable Resources at the University of Delaware Extension Service. And March 29 is also the date upon which residents who signed up to receive a tree under Fenwick Island’s Tree Triage Program must either come to town hall to pick their tree up or send a proxy to do so for them.

The Tree Triage Program started nearly a year ago, when the Environmental Committee of Fenwick Island received a Department of Agriculture’s Urban Forest Tree Planting Grant to increase the tree canopy within the corporate limits of the town.

“Trees really help with the natural heating and cooling,” explained Agnes DiPietrantonio, town staff member, grant coordinator and member of the Fenwick’s Environmental Committee. “They help to moderate temperature, aid in soil retention, filter harmful chemicals from the water and air, and provide a habitat for birds.”

She added that these benefits are especially important in environmentally sensitive areas, such as Fenwick Island and the Little Assawoman Bay Watershed area.

All of the trees available to participants in the Tree Triage Program are of native species, with the exception of the crape myrtle. “We’ll have Sweet Bay Magnolias, Flowering Dogwoods, American Holly, Winter Berry, Service Berry, and American Red Bud,” said DiPietrantonio.

The trees will be planted on town property and on the property of some homeowners. People who missed the original sign-up can be placed on a wait list by contacting Town Hall.

Fenwick Island is an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City U.S.A. designee and has declared April 25, 2008, as Arbor Day for the town.

The program Saturday, March 29, is free and open to the public and all citizens are being encouraged to attend. For more information, contact DiPietrantonio at Town Hall at (302) 539-2000, ext. 212.