Tree Committee Members:
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
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
Tree Committee Accomplishments for 2017
The Town was notified by the State Forest Service that Henlopen Acres will be recognized in 2018 with a Tree City USA designation.
- 1 Loblolly Pine was planted at the Marina in observance of Arbor Day
- 9 trees were planted on the easements throughout Town
- 4 dead trees were removed
- 1 hazardous tree was removed
- Cypress Tree Care pruned 10 trees along Tidewaters
Henlopen Acres plants tree for Arbor Day
2018 Arbor Day
A Dogwood Tree was planted at 43 Pine Reach in Memory of Mayor David Lyons
In observance of Arbor Day, Henlopen Acres Tree Committee members planted a tree. Shown are (l-r) Henry DeWitt, Tree Committee; John Scheurer, Tree Committee; and David Lyons, mayor. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Arbor Day Tree Panting 2016-The Honey Locust planted was donated by the Delaware State Forest Service
TREE COMMITTEE UPDATE-November 2016
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
Through the generous donation of the Brown family at 20 Rolling Road, we will be transplanting 20 pines from their property to other locations within the town. A few residents have volunteered the area in front of their homes for a new tree, but we are still looking for more locations. All planting locations are selected for the successful survival of specific species.
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%.
May 2016-The Town recently received a grant from the State of Delaware to plant 12 new trees in Town. Eight replaced the trees lost in the January storm and four new ones to begin building back up the Town’s tree canopy. We have a very active and passionate Tree Committee working to maintain and enhance the Town’s trees. All residents and property owners are invited to attend the Tree Committee meetings. All upcoming meeting information is posted on our website and also at Town Hall. Feel free to call Town Hall with any questions.