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Playing in the Dirt

Written on: March 19th, 2010 in Blackbird Creek Events and ProgramsBlackbird Creek ReserveCoastal Training ProgramStewardship

On March 17th at the Blackbird Creek Stewardship Center, 30 adults had a chance to play in the dirt and sand!  The DNERR’s Coastal Training Program hosted the immensely popular Wetlands Restoration Construction Techniques workshop.   

"Playing" in the dirt designing a wetland

The participants were from non-profit organizations, state agencies, county government, and private contracting companies.  All of which who were interested in learning more about wetlands restoration. 

This included a hands-on session outside on the deck on a beautiful spring day that gave participants the opportunity to apply and understand numerous wetlands construction techniques and best management practices through the construction of small scale models that simulated full-scale wetland restoration projects. 

Making model wetland restoration projects

DNERR staffer Kelly Wolfe facilitated the workshop and the keynote presentation on wetlands restoration was given by Tom Barthelmeh, Drainage and Stormwater Section, with assistance from Al Rizzo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The workshop also included presentations on the implications of sea level rise on wetlands restoration by Bart Wilson from DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs office and a presentation on tools for designing and assessing wetlands restoration by Alison Rogerson from DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section.

One group incorporated the DNERR into their design!

All in all, how can you go wrong on a beautiful day learning while playing in the dirt? 

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