Volunteers are needed to help plant 8,800 hardwood seedlings along the Cypress Branch at Blackbird State Forest to enhance wildlife habitat, fight invasive species and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The planting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17-18 at at Blackbird State Forest’s Naudain Tract, 2076 Harvey Straughn Road, Townsend.

Equipment, including shovels, will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather — wear boots or other work shoes, heavy-duty gloves and hats and bring insect repellent and sunscreen, if needed. Snacks will be provided and, commemorative patches and T-shirts will be given to youth and adult volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.

The project is a cooperative partnership between the Delaware Forest Service, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

For more, call 698-4552 or 739-9939 or email john.petersen@state.de.us or philip.miller@state.de.us.