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Sussex County Land Trust

Sussex County Land Trust Receives $26,448 Donation from Beer & Benevolence

Non-profit land preservation organization receives generous contribution from local philanthropic brewery 

The Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT), a non-profit land conservation and preservation organization, recently accepted a generous donation of $26,448 from Beer and Benevolence, the philanthropic arm of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Beer & Benevolence contributed 100% of the August tips received at the Dogfish Head Tasting Room & Kitchen to the SCLT.   

Brewed to benefit the Sussex County Land Trust, Dogfish also partnered with Revelation Craft Brewing Company, to create an IPA inspired by the Lewes-Georgetown Bike Trail. The liquid collaboration, In Tandem, was released from the Rehoboth taprooms of both breweries on Friday, September 10A portion of proceeds from each 4pk sold will be donated to the SCLT to support the organization’s efforts to build a trailhead along the Bike Trail. The soon-to-be-built trailhead will provide more Delawareans with greater access to the trail and help better connect local communities by bike.  

The mission of the Sussex County Land Trust is the continued protection of natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education for today and tomorrow. “We are so appreciative of the longstanding partnership we have with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery,” said Casey Kenton, Chairman of the Sussex County Land Trust. “They recognize our mission in protecting our quality of life in Sussex County and the immense benefit these trails provide to our community.”

“One of the many reasons that Dogfish Head is proud to call coastal Delaware home is the abundance of amazing non-profit organizations doing good work for our communities,” said Mark Carter, Dogfish Head, Beer & Benevolence. “The work of the SCLT to establish a trailhead along the Lewes-Georgetown Trail will connect folks to nature and to each other by creating a safe place to access the trail.  We are excited to see this trailhead come to life.”  

Sussex County Land Trust Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT), a non-profit conservation organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members: Tracy Adams, Ring Lardner and Michael Dickinson, as part of a strategic effort to expand its footprint and representation across Sussex County. 

Tracy Adams is an active partner in the daily operations of her family businesses: Melvin L. Joseph Construction, M.L. Joseph Sand & Gravel, Stockley Materials and Citation Rentals. A Sussex County native, Adams graduated from Laurel High School and later earned her Associate Degree in Turf Management and Landscape Design. Her family farm is part of the Farmland Preservation Program and is currently operational raising grain and truck crops. Adams currently resides in Georgetown with her husband and enjoys caring for her animals and embracing the outdoors. 

Ring Lardner brings over eighteen years of experience in project engineering and construction administration in residential and commercial development to his new role as board member in the SCLT. In 2021, Lardner assumed responsibility to lead the Milford Municipal Engineering Department at Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF). Prior to joining DBF, he

was responsible for portions of New Castle County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. Specific responsibilities included annual stormwater management inspections for approximately 750 systems and conducting public presentations regarding the inspection program and pollutant reduction measures. He was also responsible for writing portions of the annual report that was submitted to DNREC and the EPA. Lardner retired from the Delaware Army National Guard in November 2017 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While deployed in 2006, he was assigned as a base engineer responsible for the life, health, and safety of a population of over 6,000 people. Lardner is married with two children ages 24 and 20. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys playing golf and working around the house. 

Mike Dickinson was born and raised in East Stroudsburg, PA, the older son of two public school teachers. In 2005, Dickinson joined the rapidly expanding SoDel Concepts team.  He became the General Manager of Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar in Bethany Beach. In the years that followed, Dickinson assisted in opening three new SoDel restaurants while maintaining his duties as GM. In 2016, he became the Vice President of Operations for SoDel Concepts, overseeing operations in 10 restaurants, a wedding and event venue, and concessions at Delaware’s two largest amateur sports facilities. In 2017, Dickinson was named to Delaware Business Times List of the Best and Brightest Young Professionals Under 40. In 2020, he was promoted to Vice President of SoDel Concepts, overseeing all aspects of the business, which continues to expand, increasing to 14 coastal Delaware restaurants by spring 2022.  Dickinson resides in Milton with his wife and their two children.




Rehoboth Beach, DE – As part of its ongoing commitment to support Sussex County nonprofit organizations, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation contributed $10,000 to the Sussex County Land Trust. The funds will support the Land Trust in preserving more open space in Sussex County, in addition to volunteer efforts and education programming.

“The Carl M. Freeman Foundation have a long history of socially responsible development and philanthropy and we appreciate their recognition of the Trust’s efforts. One of the missions of the Trust is to protect quality of life and have a healthy balance between economic development and open space preservation,” said Sussex County Land Trust Chairman, Casey Kenton. “The Freeman organizations share this mission wholeheartedly and we couldn’t be more appreciative to have them as a partner.”

“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Sussex County Land Trust. The work that the Land Trust does to responsibly preserve open space is critical as the county continues to be a place where people from across the nation wish to live or visit,” said Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Patti Grimes.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative community-based leadership and giving. Their focus is on communities where the customers, employees, and vendors of Carl M. Freeman Companies work, live and play. Please visit carlmfreemanfoundation.org for more information about the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.

The Sussex County Land Trust is dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education for today and tomorrow. The focus of the SCLT is in four principal areas: Preserving Sussex County’s rich agricultural heritage, protecting important forest habitat, preserving Sussex County history and protecting private land through conservation easements. For more information, please visit sclandtrust.org.

Jason King

Sussex County Land Trust Welcomes New Board Member

The Sussex County Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of new board member, Jason King. A Sussex County native, King is originally from Milford, Del., attending Milford High School – and later graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors in History. In 2015, he joined Dogfish Head Craft Brewery/Boston Beer Company and currently serves as a National Accounts Manager for the organization. Actively involved in his community, King is engaged with the Beer & Benevolence program at Dogfish which focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations to foster community, nourish artistic advancement and cultivate environmental stewardship. It is his involvement with this program that led King to become involved with the Sussex County Land Trust.   

Jason is an avid outdoorsman and specifically enjoys hunting and fishing. He is also the current record holder for the largest Mahi-Mahi caught by a captain in Delaware and is a longtime committee member of the Eastern Sussex Ducks Unlimited Chapter.  King resides in Lewes with his wife, Ashley.  

 “Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to sourcing new opportunities for continued land preservation and conservation in Sussex County,” said Casey Kenton, Chairman, Sussex County Land Trust. “We’re excited Jason is onboard and welcome his talent, expertise and energy as we further our mission.”  

The Sussex County Land Trust is dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education for today and tomorrow. The focus of the SCLT is in four principal areas: Preserving Sussex County’s rich agricultural heritage, protecting important forest habitat, preserving Sussex County history and protecting private land through conservation easements. 

Sussex County Land Trust and Chesapeake Conservancy Celebrate Purchase & Preservation of Nanticoke Crossing Park

Nanticoke Crossing ParkOn June 7, the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) and Chesapeake Conservancy announced the successful preservation of the newly named Nanticoke Crossing Park. Located on the south side of the Nanticoke River, opposite Woodland, about 4 miles west of Seaford, this 41-acre property includes 29 acres of a mixed hardwood-pine forest, 12 acres of open area with large canopy trees, and 1,900 feet of meandering shoreline with healthy, freshwater tidal, wetland plants. Additionally, it contains direct access to the river by means of an old lagoon that will be revitalized for public use. Purchased from Absher Farms LLC, Nanticoke Crossing Park features a rolling topography overlooking the beautiful Nanticoke River. This partnership marks a successful landmark collaboration by inter-governmental and non-profit organizations to preserve land in Western Sussex County for conservation and recreational use. 

The opportunity to protect this site was presented to the SCLT by the Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit with the mission of conserving and restoring Chesapeake landscapes and connecting everyone to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy, in partnership with the Delaware-based Mt. Cuba Center, assists local and state entities by facilitating funding and negotiations for protection projects in the region. This marks a successful landmark collaboration by inter-governmental and non-profit organizations to preserve land in Western Sussex County to be protected for conservation and recreational use. 

“The Navy is proud to be a contributing partner for the protection of Nanticoke Crossing Park. This project demonstrates that we can successfully protect military readiness in the Navy’s airspace and support our communities through land preservation and creation of public recreation opportunities,” said Rob Vargo, director, Dept. of the Navy Atlantic Ranges and Targets Department.

The protection and preservation of Nanticoke Crossing Park is a great example of leveraging partnerships and resources for the greater good of Sussex County,” said Casey Kenton, chairman of the SCLT. “We are excited to play a role in this partnership and protect such a beautiful piece of land in Western Sussex overlooking the Nanticoke River.  On behalf of the entire board of the Sussex County Land Trust, we look forward to working with our partners in developing this property into a natural and public recreational resource for all to enjoy.”

“This is the 21st parcel protected through the Chesapeake Conservancy’s partnership with Mt. Cuba for a total of 3,050 acres. The projects have connected previously protected properties throughout the Nanticoke River watershed, which is now 33% protected,” said Joel Dunn, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy. “The Nanticoke River Watershed is now one of the East coast’s best examples of how to achieve President Biden’s intentions in the America the Beautiful initiative to conserve 30% of lands and waters in the United States by 2030.”

“Preserving Sussex County’s spacious wonder and natural beauty has long been a priority for the County Council, and it’s through partnerships like this where we can achieve that goal in magnificent ways,” Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent said. “The Nanticoke Crossing Park, and the collaborative effort to create it, will be a shining example of how government, non-profits, and others can come together toward a singular purpose: to protect a piece of Sussex County for our residents today and, more importantly, for our children tomorrow.”

“We are really excited to help conserve this beautiful place on the Nanticoke River shoreline for future generations,” said Ann C. Rose, Mt. Cuba Center’s president. “Gorgeous native trees will take your breath away, including many oak species, sassafras, black cherry, loblolly pine, Virginia pine, and even Delaware’s state tree to the American holly. This site is home to large stands of spatterdock, blue flag iris and sweetspire, highbush blueberry, and other trees and shrubs. Fox, deer, bald eagles, osprey and songbirds are often seen here.”

Several partnerships helped acquire the property, including Sussex County Council, Chesapeake Conservancy, Mt. Cuba Center, U.S. Navy (via its Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program helping to avoid land-use conflicts and maintain testing missions under Navy airspace), Delaware Open Space Program, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the SCLT. This robust collection of partners aligned expertise, funding, and interest in conservation to protect this open space for public use. New partnerships will be formed to promote Nanticoke Crossing Park as a site for local and regional recreation for water access, hiking, and possibly hunting and camping.

Delaware Botanic Gardens ready to bloom in Sussex

Grand opening slated for 2019

Delaware Botanic Gardens Vice President Ray Sander, left, joins people who have pledged donations to the project to break ground on the 37-acre parcel along Piney Neck Road Dec. 1. Also shown are (l-r) Ruth Clausen, David Doane, Henry DeWitt, Marcia DeWitt, Ron Bass, George Robbins, Pete Giaquinto, Gregg Tepper, Janet Point, Susan Ryan, Dave Ryan, Kathy Green, Julie Kypreos, Dave Green, Cam Yorkston and Sheryl Swed. MADDY LAURIA PHOTOS

Delaware Botanic Garden

The Sussex County Land Trust has granted Delaware Botanic Gardens a 99-year renewable lease for creation of its 37-acre garden.

This facility is being developed on land owned by SCLT – the Cannon Tract.

Delaware Botanic Garden

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