Conservation and Stewardship

Delaware Coastal Programs works with partners at the state, regional and national level to promote better stewardship of coastal habitats. Stewardship involves a wide range of activities including land acquisition, habitat mapping, ecological restoration, invasive species monitoring, resource inventories, demonstration areas, and more.

Contact Us

For more information on stewardship efforts, please call 302-739-6377

Coastal Land Conservation

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve protects over 6,200 acres of coastal and estuarine habitat in Kent and Southern New Castle County for research and education.

DNERR Stewardship Plan

The DNERR Stewardship Plan (2019) is a revision to the 2007 Blackbird Creek Reserve Ecological Restoration Master Plan. It will guide ecological restoration initiatives for the DNERR-owned parcels of the Blackbird Creek Reserve, approximately 483 acres in southern New Castle County.

Restoration and Land Management

The land actively managed by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve provides for appropriate recreational and research uses while protecting the natural, historic, and cultural resources.  The Reserve and serves to model responsible management practices to other organizations and individuals in nearby coastal communities.