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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park
    Us Volunteer Work There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the Friends you don t even need to be a member Projects range from the physically active such as trail work cleanups and reforestation to less strenuous activities like nature center staffing and water ice sales at park concerts Read on for more information about volunteer activities Accomplishments We are proud of the many accomplishments of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park Since our establishment as a nonprofit organization in 1998 our members have provided more than 30 000 hours of volunteer time in support of park programs maintenance of the park and leadership of volunteer projects to enhance the park and its surroundings in line with the aims of the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation Our latest annual report highlights some of our recent accomplishments Check out our notices and calendar for currently scheduled activities Our Members Membership in the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in the preservation and enhancement of White Clay Creek State Park Our members come from a variety of backgrounds with differing interests knowledge and concerns for the park s protection All share the desire to preserve

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: About The Organization
    2012 Member Survey Park Info Links Park Info Links Birder s Guide Park Area History Membership Contact Us About the Organization The Friends of White Clay Creek State Park is a 501 c 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers Our mission is the protection and preservation of the park and surrounding creek valley through needs assessment enhancement projects public relations and education Read on for more information

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Leadership
    more information about our Executive Committee Project Leaders Advisory Board Executive Committee President Debra Chiczewski Price 302 234 0919 Vice President Art Sullivan art sullivan1 verizon net Secretary David Koppeser DKoppeser gmail com Treasurer Edward J Gallagher Media and Communications Chair Art Sullivan art sullivan1 verizon net Membership Chair Susie Lloyd fwccsp gmail com Projects Committee Chair Stefan Chiczewski gth680p gmail com Social Media Chair Angel Burns Redhawk144 gmail com Trails Committee Chair Mike Ott 302 738 6652 Volunteer Chair Vacant Top Executive Committee Project Leaders Advisory Board Project Leaders Adopt a Trail Mike Ott 302 738 6652 Birder s Guide Andy Urquhart 302 239 2471 Bluebird Boxes Sal Gioia sgioia comcast net Conservation Andy Urquhart 302 239 2471 Historical Publications Fraser Russell 302 731 4293 Judge Morris Support Group Vacant Light Construction Susan Staats 302 368 6900 Member Led Park Programs Barbara Woodford 302 368 6560 Nature Center Exhibits Barbara Woodford 302 368 6560 Nature Center Staffing Laura Allen Sievert Allen Sievert yahoo com Newark Community Day Vacant Oral Histories Fraser Russell 302 731 4293 Park Benches Susie Lloyd fwccsp gmail com Park Office Plantings Sheila Smith Reforestation Vacant Scholarship Funds Barbara Woodford 302 368 6560 Trail Improvement Work

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Annual Report
    fledged by the second week of May and all fledged by May 25 She had such success with the first clutch she laid a second by mid June with all five hatching by May 21 Sadly the nestlings were pushed from the nest one found dead others taken to Tri State Bird Rescue with a mite infestation Meanwhile the Bluebird Box remained empty through the spring nature center staff had given up on it when surprise and happiness our Carolina Wren filled the nest with 5 eggs all fledged by July 12 Because the Phoebe nested so early in April many hundreds of school children were able to watch the nesting process Summer camp children got to watch them fledge Native plant gardens at the Park Office continue to be well maintained by Friends members Members both led and staffed numerous park programs serving more than 450 participants Friends volunteers donated their time on behalf of the Park for Creek Fest and the Summer Concerts Friends led or helped with the First Day hike summer concert series parking help program materials for Earth Explorers such as flower presses building props for the Mystery at the Mansion the White Clay Walking Club Fly Fishing programs and the ever important White Clay Cleanup At the Judge Morris Estate Friends supported Murder Mystery Nights both on stage and behind the scenes and helped write the play Friends volunteers also helped with holiday Wreath making and the Veterans Day apple pie social Our summer concert series drew more than 15 000 people to the park and with their high visibility at those events the Friends were able to reach and serve a remarkable number of visitors As part of the spring and fall membership meetings talks were presented on Snowy Owl Irruption by Bill Stewart Director of Conservation and Community and Young Birder Program Coordinator for the American Birding Association and Ray Bivens Delaware Parks and Recreation Director on plans for White Clay Creek State Park its conservation and development Ray provided an overview of our park system and the challenges facing the state parks Water ice and pretzels were sold at summer concerts primarily as a service to concertgoers and again this year they had the opportunity to vote for the next week s water ice flavor This program has been in operation for the past 16 years and is a source of revenue in support of our mission This year also was a first for 50 50 ticket sales which we hope to continue in 2015 We also worked to sustain our organization and its ability to support the park including Raising funds by selling wood crafts and hats at the park office as well as our first fund raiser Wine Tasting and Social Event held at the Judge Morris Estate Funding and volunteer efforts provided by FWCCSP enabled additional enhancements to the Park including sponsorship of the summer concerts monthly support for wireless connection for the Nature Center iPad support for

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Volunteer Oppurtunities
    Assist the park and help to coordinate volunteers for events and to work in the gardens and also possibly some historical research Newark Community Days and other Events Coordinate the Friends participation at public events manage booth solicit volunteers and represent our organization at event Reforestation Work in coordination with the Park Superintendent and others with the funds available to establish reforestation where needed Volunteers are needed Media and Communications Nature Center Staffing Park Benches Water Ice Sales Trail Improvement Work and Park Office Plantings Also you can submit a volunteer interest survey in pdf format if you think you might like to volunteer To express your interests please print out the questionnaire complete it and mail it to us Adopt a Trail monthly and after storm monitoring and light maintenance of your adopted trail Bird box monitoring and maintenance weekly during nesting season Water ice sales at summer concerts in the park occasional Trail work trail construction and maintenance Trash cleanup along creek trails or roads Member recruitment membership committee help with community event displays Light construction carpentry e g bulletin boards props for park programs park benches Publicity publications public education Land acquisition other advocacy Fundraising Habitat restoration

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Adopt-A-Trail
    see a Trail List that includes trails currently assigned and trails still open for adoption Program Overview Adopt A Trail volunteers provide monthly monitoring and limited maintenance of assigned trails including removal of litter and fallen branches and pruning of intruding vegetation especially multi flora rose Volunteers also check trails after storms and high winds Conditions and specific problems such as a fallen tree blocking the trail are reported to the park staff for their follow up An Adopt A Trail Report is completed after each trail survey to provide the Park Staff with the status of the adopted trail Reports of no problems are just as valuable as ones that uncover conditions needing attention Trail Maintenance Guidelines All new volunteers receive a walk through training session Training in trail construction and maintenance techniques or comparable experience is required for any trail maintenance activity beyond clearing of litter and small branches trail trimming and submitting status reports No new trail improvements or significant modifications should be performed without specific review and permission from the Park Staff The Park has adopted a single track sustainable trail design Water erosion resistance is achieved by following contour lines avoiding the fall line and providing periodic short reverse grades to shed water A tread width of 30 to 36 inches is standard This minimizes destruction of habitat provides adequate width for user comfort and concentrates wear from traffic to keep the trail free of vegetation There should also be 10 inches of selective vegetation clearing on either side of the tread Invasive species such as multi flora rose bushes should be trimmed back aggressively or pulled out by the roots if possible Native species should only be trimmed back as necessary to maintain adequate clearance for trail users The open space above the trail

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Notices
    spring cleaning and removal of old nests from the boxes and lasts until September Each volunteer is assigned responsibility for a trail of about six boxes It normally takes about an hour to walk the beautiful trails check the boxes and record nesting activity Volunteers can monitor the boxes themselves or share them with family or friends Training is provided It is very important that bluebird nest boxes be actively monitored checked at least once a week Doing so increases the chances of success for bluebirds using the box and also the data collected is valuable for determining population trends Being aware of what species is using the box is also beneficial We report all species using our nest boxes not just bluebirds Species such as bluebirds tree swallows house wrens and chickadees are all native and beneficial birds We are very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers for everything from box construction installation maintenance and repair to weekly monitoring Some projects in addition to box monitoring include construction and installation of cylindrical predator guards designed to keep out the raccoons and snakes which can be an ongoing problem In addition nest boxes that are unproductive are moved to more desirable

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  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park: Notices
    to visitors for the weekends during the Park s busiest seasons Each year our volunteers spend 250 hours or more welcoming visitors to the Nature Center New volunteers are needed each year to replace people who leave or are unable to continue with the project Volunteer activities include welcoming visitors providing them with information answering questions performing tasks to help the Nature Center function smoothly answering the phone or helping

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