DOVER, Del.— The state of Delaware has completed the purchase of 339 acres of Sussex County forest land that will now be part of the 12,400-acre Redden State Forest near Georgetown, the Delaware Forest Service announced Friday.
State Forestry Administrator Michael A. Valenti said the purchase from the Huff and Sposato families marks the latest phase of the multi-year Green Horizons Project to protect working forests, water quality, and wildlife habitat in key environmental regions on the Delmarva Peninsula. The U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program provided 75 percent of the funding and the Delaware Open Space Program contributed 25 percent.
"This forest land represents a permanent legacy for current and future generations of Delawareans who will enjoy free public access to its scenic natural beauty through a wide range of recreational activities such as hiking, hunting, and wildlife observation," Valenti said. "We would also like to thank the Sposato and Huff families for the willingness to offer their land to ensure the conservation of our vital forests."
Located east of U.S. 113 between Ellendale and Georgetown, the new acreage will provide a wildlife corridor that connects with existing tracts of Redden State Forest.
Valenti said the newly-acquired land will be sustainably managed by the Delaware Forest Service for multiple objectives including wildlife habitat, timber production, and improved water quality, and will be open for recreational uses such as hunting and hiking