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- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 96 Redden State Fort;:00t is an undiscovered jewel OUTDOORS It's also full of deer, squirrel, has a good quail population and there are a number of endangered state plants. Simmons has been the manager since 1979, making him only the second manager at Redden since 1935 when the state acquired the first of seven tracts of forest land at the site. The state had to own the land before the CCC camp could operate. "We have three buildings on the Historic Register: the horse barn, lodge and a [private] dwelling," he said. The lodge may be the most fas- cinating. Built around 1903 when the Pennsylvania Railroad owned Redden State Forest may be the best kept secret in the Delaware outdoors, which is surprising since thousands of motorists a day drive right past its front door. The state forest comprises 5,500 acres of forests and meadows with a five-mile hiking trail, a fishing pond filled with bass, a softball di- amond, a turn of the century lodge and a total of three buildings on the National Historic Register. The area is considered ideal for horseback riding, bird watching and hiking. A nursery of "superi- or" pine seedlings is being estab- lished, a new interpretive nature trail is being developed and the former horse barn, one of the three Historic Register sites, is in the process of being transformed into an educational facility to teach people about forestry and wildlife. Located north of Georgetown, the area once housed a camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Forest Manager Lloyd Simmons said he most likes "the peace and the quiet and tranquility back here." Simmons said the area contains swamp pink, a federal endangered species, found in one secret forest location which contains only about 25 to 30 plants. Redden State Forest includes a number of old buildings, in- cluding this historic horse barn. TIDES i 8/3O Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard 8/31 i 8:20 9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 I the site, the lodge still takes in overnight visitors. Although it's doubtful they have as much fun as some of the first railroad guests. "The president [of the Pennsyl- vania Railroad] would come here with his board and his supervisors and hunt quail," Simmons laughed. "I still find the whiskey bottles." Those early guests came from Philadelphia by railroad to stay in the beautiful wooden lodge, nes- tled along the five mile walking trail. The site is still used by church groups and scouts, among the users is even the odd wedding. Simmons had one daughter mar- ried at the lodge and another had her reception there. The area will soon have a one- mile long interpretive nature trail and the former horse barn is being transformed into an education building. Redden State Forest hosts a 10K bike ride to benefit the Heart Association and it attracts good numbers of horseback riders, soft- ball players, fishermen (the pond is strictly catch and release, but the bass fishing is exceptional) and hikers. But Simmons said the site is still underutilized. Hunting, espe- cially deer hunting, also attracts a number of people. This is not a traditional state park. Because it is a state forest, there is limited timbering at the location and teaching people about forestry is still one of the major goals of Delaware's system of state forests. The forest is also beginning a "superior" loblolly pine nursery. The seedlings come from a collec- tion of some of the most outstand- ing trees on Delmarva, trees cho- sen for their height, growth and other attributes. 645-8983 or Chris Bennett at 645- 6852. Stay turned to future edi- tions for more details on the new group. Hunting season info Here's more information on up- coming hunting seasons: Snipe-Nov. 24 to Jan. 31. Lim- it is eight birds Woodcock-Oct. 20 to Nov. 1 and Nov. 24 to Dec. 10. Limit is three birds. Proposed ducks-Oct. 1 to 4, Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 and Nov. 24 to Jan. 17. Limit is six birds. Snow goose proposed-Oct. 8 to Oct. 11, Oct. 20 to Nov. 13, Nov. 24 to Jan. 17, Feb. 10 to March 10 and may be open on Nov. 14, 17, 19, 21 at Bombay Hook National Refuge. Resident Canada geese-Sept. 1 to Sept. Mourning dove-Sept. 1 to 27 and Oct. 20 to Nov. 1 and Dec. 12 to Jan. 10. Limit is 12 birds. Sea ducks- Sept. 18 to Jan. 20. Limit seven, including four scot- ers. The early dove season is from noon to sunset while the later seg- ments which begin in November or December are one half hour be- fore sunrise to sunset.Wildlife of- ficials look for a monster duck year. Populations of green winged teal, mallards and pintails should be strong in Delaware through December. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is predicting a fall migration of 92 million ducks, topping last year's 90 million and the highest on record since 1970. The favorable fall flight estimate follows on the heels of the ser- vice's earlier breeding duck sur- vey, which counted 46.2 million breeding ducks in key nesting ar- eas, the highest level since the sur- vey began in 1955. Duck season specifics this year include the following: daily limit of four mallards (two hens), one black duck, one canvasback, two red heads, two scorers, one ful- vous tree duck, two pintails and ov.c  ottled duck, four scorers, 15 coots, five mergansers (one hood- ed merganser) and one black duck. Basic limit is six ducks a day and black ducks can only be hunted from Nov. 24 to Jan. 3. The duck as well as goose seasons will not be officially finalized un- til early September, but no changes are expected. All migra- tory bird hunters must have a free Harvest Information Program Per- mit for the first time this year. Call 1-800-WETLAND for informa- tion. Est. 1958 00ZARD Electrical Contractor L.P.I. Ce. 959 645-8457 645-9060 1-800-610-8457 CERTIFIED LIGHTNING PROTECTION P.O. Box 252, Lewes, DE 19958 Michael Short photos The sun.dappled roads and tt;ails of Redden State Forest offer a pastoral experience. Friends of the Cape Another effort is going to be made to establish a Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park group. A meeting will be held on Sep- tember 10 at 7 p.m. at the Seaside Nature Center to organize an in- terim board for the purpose of es- tablishing an organization. For more information, contact Pat Cooper, park administrator, at 00'00Prinled T. Shirts & Sporlswear Geoff Vernon is now in Independ00t operation as Logo Artwork Design Quick Service-Iluallty Work l Reasonable Prices 645-2959