Governor, DNREC Honor Timberland & Peter Martin at State Fair

by Dave on July 30, 2010

Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and Division of Parks and Recreation Director Charles Salkin recognized the Timberland Factory Outlet in Rehoboth Beach with a special volunteer service award.

For the last four years, Store Manager Donna Flomp has coordinated more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time. Store staff members have helped maintain beaches, trails, parking lots and courtyards and performed a variety of tasks from repairing terrapin fences and scrubbing youth camp ovens to scraping, painting and power washing.

“This is a great example of what a strong public-private partnership can accomplish, when both parties share the goal of creating a more sustainable and livable world. Our parks will show the results of the dedication of Donna Flomp and her staff for many years to come,” said Secretary O’Mara.

Also honored by the Governor and the Secretary was the 2010 Wetland Warrior, ecologist Peter Martin of Georgetown, recognized for his tireless pursuit of restoring the largest freshwater wetland that remains in Delaware, the Great Cypress Swamp near the Maryland line in southern Sussex County.

The Wetland Warrior Award, now in its third year, is presented annually to a citizen, organization, business or other group that has demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands in the areas of outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, or restoration and protection.

“The Great Cypress Swamp is a treasure to Delaware, and thanks to Pete Martin, Delawareans will be able to enjoy the benefits that this vast wetland provides for years to come,” said Amy Jacobs, leader of DNREC’s Wetlands Team.

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