Open Space Preservation

We are committed to strategically protecting natural lands throughout the state of Delaware. Our unwavering focus on land preservation is driven by our understanding of the unique regional landscape and invaluable ecosystem services a healthy environment provides.

Throughout our history, we have partnered with the nation’s preeminent conservation organizations–such as The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy–to preserve thousands of acres, including precious lands that became Delaware’s first national park.

In 2015 we provided a grant to The Conservation Fund and Delaware Wild Lands to permanently protect and manage more than 10,000 acres of contiguous wildlife habitat. Known as the Taylors Bridge Roberts Farm, the site was one of the largest unprotected tracts remaining in the coastal zone, featuring freshwater tidal wetlands and remnants of forested coastal plain ponds. Delaware Wild Lands will develop a long-term management plan for the property that will include farming, hunting, trapping, wildlife tours, and bird walks. School and university groups will visit the property for research and educational opportunities.

 

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In 2016, Mt. Cuba Center supported a collaborative conservation effort: The Chesapeake Conservancy’s Nanticoke River Conservation Corridor initiative, the goal of which is to create an 8,500-acre corridor of protected lands that will ultimately sustain the region’s high level of biodiversity. The initiative has become a premier example of large landscape conservation and collaboration on the east coast.

The Chesapeake Conservancy has built a collaborative atmosphere amongst all land conservation organizations working in the Nanticoke to protect the unique flora and fauna of the Nanticoke River watershed for current and future generations.

Mt. Cuba Center Board President, Ann Rose, recently accepted the Chesapeake Conservancy’s 2016 Philanthropic Champion award on behalf of Mt. Cuba Center.

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