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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 - 21 i Governor appoints Sussex farmer to lead new Ag commission By Jim Cresson commission whose members in- and Carlton Fifer, who produces Devine, an Ocean View resident George H. Bunting, D-Bethany Bridgeville-area dairy farmer William W. Vanderwende, chosen by Gov. Tom Carper last week.to lead a newly appointed Delaware Nutrient Management Commis- sion, said he is looking forward to the commission's work of estab- lishing a nutrient management program that will improve the state's water quality while keep- ing agriculture a viable industry in the state. Vanderwende, 66, is a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau, chairman of the Sussex County Soil and Water Conservation Dis- trict, member of the board of di- rectors of the Delaware State Fair, corporate director of Southern States International, and member of the Kent and Sussex advisory board of Wilmington Trust Co. He will head a multi-faceted clude seven farmers as well as representatives from other stake- holding groups in the fede;ally mandated state effort to decrease the amount of nitrogen and phos- phorus spread on farmland, Igolf courses, nurseries, gardens!and orchards throughout the state.! Those members from the farm- ing community include: Dale Ockels, who produces poultry, hogs, grains and vegetables on his family's 5,000 acres near Milton; Charles P. "Chip" West II, a Gum- boro farmer who produces pogltry and grain crops; David Bker, who produces eggs, grainsiand vegetables on his 3,000-acre farm near MiddletOwn; Steven C0raz- za, who produces poultry !and grain on his Townsend farm; Con- i nie Larimore, who produces loul- try on her Harrington-area farm, apples, peaches and sweet corn on his 2,000-acre Wyoming farm. Members from other interested groups include: Edwin Brown, a Rehoboth Beach resident and head greens-keeper at the Re- hoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club, who will represent the golf course/lawn care industry; David "Skip" Jones, owner of Atlantic Cohcrete and member of Ducks Unlimited, who will represent en- vironmental groups; Jeremy Homer, a Camden attorney spe- cializing in environmental law, who will represent the public; Carl Solberg, a Dover tree farmer and member of the Sierra Club, who will represent environmental groups; Tony Keene, a Milton res- ident and owner of Keene Con- sulting, who will represent the nu- trient consulting industry; David and manager of Buntings Nurs- eries Inc., who will represent the commercial nursery industry; and Brian Schilling, a Laurel resident and Southern States employee, who will represent commercial fertilizer applicators. The commission and its gener- al composition of members were created in May when the General Assembly approved House Sub- stitute 1 of House Bill 250, spon, sored by Rep. G. Wallace Caulk Jr., R-Frederica; Rep. V. George Carey, R-Milford; and Sen. Beach. The law was the fruition of 10 months' intense study and final recommendations by the gover- nor's advisory committee. This year's commission members West, Baker, Larimore and Coraz- za were the only holdovers from last year's committee. "I expect we will get a lot done to improve the issues of fertilization that have damaged our local waterways," Vanderwende said. "It's a job that has to be done, and the commis- sion members have big stakes in seeing that it gets done?' Prime Hook Refuge ready to fly on its own; more funds, staff likely By Michael Short It's almost independence day for Prime Hook. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- vice has announced that Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge will be- come an independent refuge this year. Until now, Prime Hook has always been considered a satellite refuge of Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge. Visitors will notice little in the way of immediate changes. But the distinction is eventually ex- pected to bring more prestige, more clout and more dollars to the refuge near Milton. Some 75,000 visitors come to the refuge every year, making it a rapidly growing attraction with enormous importance to wildlife, particularly to goose and duck populations. Waterfowl populations tend to be so vast that Prime Hook biolo- gist Annie Larsen jokes that the refuge is actually "Ducks R Us," "It just cries out for full- fledged status," said Anthony Leger, U.S. Fi'sh and Wildlife Service's assistant regional direc- tor for refuges. Leger said the refuge should receive more fund- ing and more staffing because of the change, 'The refuge has grown in im- portance," said Fish and Wildlife Regional Director Ronald Lam- bertson. "We make administra- tive changes within the National Wildlife Refuge System as refuges enlarge and become more complex?' Leger said that initial funding increases will come partially at the expense of Bombay Hook funding. Eventually, he expects more funding and an increase in staffing from the approximately six now employed. "I don't think 10 [staff mem- bers] is out of the question:' Leg- er said. There have been majorlim- provements in the last few )ears under the leadership of Assi:;tant Refuge Manager George O' hea. Chief among them has been a pro- gram to eliminate the marsh  eed phragmites and to reclaim the marshes for other, more u,eful plants like spartina. ! There have been improver0ents to roads and dikes. Dunes,.lam- L aged by winter storms, are teing rebuilt to prevent flooding of freshwater impoundments for wa- terfowl. The refuge is home to a vast va- riety of animals, including deer, wild turkeys and what is believed to be one of the area's only coy- otes. 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