Tree Committee

Photo of a tree that is the symbol for Tree City USA


Tree Committee Members:

Lee Raesly – Chairman

Jeffrey Jacobs

Henry DeWitt

Lynda Moses

Andi Pedigo

Louise Montgomery


Tree Planting – Fall 2022

In the fall of 2022, the Town along with the assistance of Cypress Tree, planted a variety of evergreen and deciduous trees along the second and third block of Pine Reach.

On Arbor Day, the Town of Henlopen Acres observed the 150th anniversary by honoring the Town Street Department employees; Sonny McClure, Bob Ribinsky, and Mike Berg.

Town Street Department employees on Arbor Day; Sonny McClure, Bob Ribinsky, and Mike Berg

Ocean Block of Tidewaters Tree Planting Project-Fall 2020

Cypress Tree Care planted  17 trees the end of October.  They included six Saw Tooth Oaks, five Skyline Locust, four Dogwoods and two Red Cedars.  Five Pine trees will be planted in the Spring 2021. Many thanks to the residents for their cooperation and support of our tree planting program.    A special thank you to John Scheurer and Jeffrey Jacobs of the Tree Committee who worked with the residents  to help facilitate placement of the trees.

Rolling Road Planting Project-Fall 2019

The Town will be planting 24 trees in the easements along the ocean block of Rolling Road.  This is in an effort to offset some of the trees lost during recent construction.   The new trees will be planted this fall and will include: Red Cedar,  Loblolly Pine, Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Honey Locust, Black Gum and Pink Dogwood. 

The work will be done by Cypress Tree Care


Arbor Day Celebration-May 10, 2019

The Town planted 3 Baldcypress trees in honor of Arbor Day

Photo of Town Mayor, Joni Reich and residents that helped plant the tree for Arbor Day

Tree Committee Accomplishments for 2018

Henlopen Acres has been designated as a Tree City for 3 Years

  • A Dogwood was planted in memory of Mayor David Lyons in observance of Arbor Day
  • 16 trees were planted on the easements throughout Town
  • 8 dead or hazardous trees were removed
  • Cypress Tree Care pruned over 50 trees along Tidewaters and Fields End



 An article in Urban Forestry & Greening Magazine, “Trees Create Value for Urban Areas” refers to a California study on the benefits of trees.  It calculated a benefit to the ecosystem of $111 per tree.  Considering Henlopen Acres has 800+ trees on town property, that’s a value of $90,000 not counting trees on private property.  Also, every seven trees, remove the carbon equivalent of one car per year.  Our town trees remove the carbon equivalent of 144 cars.

Our town Arborist has provided the following statistics on the town trees (trees on the town open space and easements):

62% are Evergreens and 38% are Deciduous

Species include: 31 % Loblolly Pine, 21% Oak, 9% Holly, and 6% Hickory

We are hoping to plant 20 trees per year along with the pruning and removal of  hazardous and diseased trees.  In ten years we should have an increase in town trees of 25%