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Delaware Bay Riparian I

Year Planted: 2001
Trees Planted: 226,850
Location: Delaware

This project takes place during the first year of the states participation in the federal comprehensive reforestation initiative Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The habitat created will benefit migratory birds, amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of aquatic species. It will also reduce forest fragmentation and nutrient runoff from agricultural land. By enhancing water quality in the Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and inland bays of Delaware, the reforestation will improve habitat for federally listed species such as the bald eagle. In the long term this project will create much-needed habitat for neotropical migrants. In the short term small mammals, ground-nesting birds, and the raptors that feed on them will benefit from the saplings. In the first year of the project, over 225,000 trees were planted at several sites along Delaware Bay.

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