The Delaware Nature Society is still in need of volunteers for the tree planting at the Middle Run Natural Area near White Clay Creek in Newark on Polly Drummond Hill Road. Pre-registration is requested.

More than 600 trees will be planted at Middle Run Natural Area on Saturday, Nov. 4 by an estimated 150 Delaware Nature Society volunteers.

Since 1991, thousands of volunteers have helped to plant about 55,000 trees at this New Castle County park, which is located near Paper Mill and Possum Park roads in Newark.

Tree planting begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to go until noon.

Volunteers are welcome; however, pre-registration is requested for all and is mandatory for large groups. Please contact Marie Graham at 302-239-2334 ext. 111 or Marie@DelNature.org.

The location is at the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Road and Smith Mill Road. Look for the “tree planting” signs.

Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel and a jug of water to water the first tree and to later use for refills.

County Executive Matthew Meyer is scheduled to attend the event at 10 a.m.

"Tree planting is just one facet of the biodiversity management project that we manage at Middle Run Valley Natural Area under contract with New Castle County," said Jim White, Senior Fellow for land and biodiversity management for the Delaware Nature Society. "We are working to increase the park’s forest habitat as well as to increase stream buffers next to Middle Run, which is a tributary of White Clay Creek."

The White Clay has been designated by the federal government as a "wild and scenic river," which helps to preserve the quality and health of the waterway.

Increasing forest habitat provides food and shelter for a wide variety of native wildlife. Stream buffers slow down and filter pollutants and help to reduce erosion. Tree planting also has myriad other benefits, including making a positive impact on climate change.

At Middle Run, Delaware Nature Society has planted a variety of native deciduous hardwoods, including tulip tree, ash, sycamore and oak, in addition to such native shrubs as viburnum, serviceberry and chokeberry. All trees absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and sequester, or store, the carbon in the trunks, branches and leaves. The rate at which they do it varies by species, soil type, climate, topography and other factors. Planting native trees in appropriate locations provides maximum benefit.

All of the trees that are planted are protected from deer damage with cages, and each volunteer is taught how to plant a tree properly to help ensure they grow to maturity. Another key component of success is ongoing maintenance of the trees. This can mean watering a newly transplanted tree during a dry spring or removing bittersweet or other invasive vines from a mature tree years after planting.

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit www.delnature.org.