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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Milton hopes tree planting will stabilize shoreline, minimize nutrient run off

By Daniel Divilio
Staff Writer

MILTON ---- To help clean up impaired watersheds, the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Forest Service is offering grant money to help the town plant trees.

Milton's Health and Environmental Committee recently met with a state forestry administrator to discuss available funds and potential uses for them.

Planting more trees in the town would help improve Broadkill River's by collecting rainwater before it reaches the ground and turns to run-off, said state Urban Forestry Coordinator Henry Poole.

One site being considered for the trees is Milton Memorial Park, situated on Broadkill's banks. The town has been working to stabilize the park's shoreline and has several other projects in the pipeline for the open space.

Milton-area resident Ken Bass said he thinks the park would be an excellent place to plant more trees.

"I think it's a great spot to naturalize," he said. "It will attract a lot of critters."

With up to $10,000 available through the grants, Poole said funds must be matched by the town.The available grant money is earmarked for areas within watersheds that are considered impaired by the state, he said, noting Broadkill River watershed is listed on the grant application as a top priority.

"Trees provide a number of benefits for the environment," Poole said.

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