Properties Protected and Managed by the Sussex County Land Trust
For over fifteen years, the Sussex County Land Trust has purchased, protected and managed important open space parcels throughout the County. For many of SCLT’s projects, efforts focused on leveraging funds to support partner agencies such as the Nature Conservancy, the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation and others holding title and management responsibilities for targeted properties. In other cases, SCLT has purchased land or secured conservation easements in partnership with Sussex County and others. Properties in the SLCT portfolio include the following
SCLT holds fee simple title to 43 acres along the Great Marsh. The Nature Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the property. This parcel was purchased with funds from the Sussex County Open Space Program.
BAYSIDE CONSERVATION EASEMENT
SCLT worked with the US Army Corps to secure a conservation easement on approximately 280 acres of wetlands along Drum Creek in the Assawoman Bay area of the inland bays. This easement was made possible by a donation from the Carl M Freeman Companies.
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PENINSULA CONSERVATION EASEMENT
SCLT worked with the US Army Corps to secure a conservation easement on approximately 230 acres of wetlands along the inland bays. This easement was made possible by a donation from Peninsula at Longneck LLC.
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The Cannon Tract, totaling 37 acres of upland forest and wetlands along Pepper Creek, was purchased by SCLT using Sussex County Open Space funds. SCLT has partnered with the non-profit Delaware Botanic Gardens, who is working to establish an educational, and sustainable public botanic garden for southern Delaware.
The Ickford property was purchased by SCLT using a combination of private funds and Sussex County Open Space Funds. The 59 acre parcel contains the Cannon Masten House, constructed in 1727. This structure is one of the oldest surviving homes in the County, and one of the only extant brick homes in Delaware from the eighteenth century. It sits on 59 acres with 37 tillable and 22 acres of woods and wetlands.