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DNREC to Close Nanticoke Wildlife Area Road

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LAUREL, Del. - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife will be closing an unpaved road connecting Phillip's Landing Rd. and Sharptown Rd. in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area on March 28th.

According to a press release, DNREC sites garbage dumping and vandalism as the main reasons behind closing the road to vehicles. Even the vehicles themselves were causing damage to signs and roadways.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife added extra signs as well as increased law enforcement presence but to no avail. People were still disturbing the wildlife area. 

Dennis Lahiff lives just around the corner from the passageway and is disappointed it will be gated shut. He walks his dog there regularly and said he enjoys the open area. However, he acknowledged the problem and said he wishes there was another way to solve it.

"I have seen a fair amount of trash, people dumping boxes, dumping extra vegetation, mattresses, all sorts of junk," he said. "I think the area should be kept open, for those of us who enjoy it, rather than closing it because of a few bad apples."

On April 1st, there was also an incident where four people pulled down the Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument on Phillip's Landing. 

Dallas Moore fishes and hunts regularly, and said he thinks closing off the connector road will discourage people from visiting the entire wildlife area all together.

"It's kind of a bad idea because it's going to make a lot of things go down because people usually go around here to go hunting," he explained. "It's going to stop people from coming down here to go fishing especially."

But DNREC will be closing the gates, at least temporarily.

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