Sussex County is rich in natural resources. Singular features within its 938 square miles include the ecologically diverse and scenic Nanticoke River, the 50 square mile Cypress Swamp and 25 miles of spectacular coastline. Sussex County contains numerous large blocks of contiguous forest lands, agricultural fields and some of the most beautiful watersheds in the mid-Atlantic region. However, many of these same resources are also some of the state’s most threatened.
In December 2001, the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) was formed to help protect these important resources. SCLT is a nonprofit conservation organization, dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education for today and tomorrow.
With two seats on the Board, a unique public – private partnership between Sussex County Council and the land trust has evolved. Over its 17 year history, SCLT has partnered with the Council, the state and non-profit conservation agencies on 18 different projects, and has raised over $4 million in private funds to leverage the projection of 5,784 acres of land.
2005 Sussex County Land Trust Ball Invitation