Doing More Good in Delaware: Delaware Wild Lands, a private nonprofit that preserves land, celebrates 50th anniversary at Great Cypress Swamp in Sussex County

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Delaware Wild Lands is celebrating 50 years by hosting a public celebration this month at one of its best-known tracts: the Great Cypress Swamp in Sussex County.

Delaware Wild Lands Inc. was founded in 1961 by the late Edmund H. (Ted) Harvey. The private nonprofit has preserved more than 50,000 acres and has played a key role in preserving another 50,000 acres of strategic natural areas in and around Delaware. It also owns more than 19,000 acres, including the Sharp Farm in New Castle County and Milford Neck in Kent County.

“People think of us when they think of land preservation,” says executive director Kate Hackett. “We have a history of being dedicated to Delawareans who can enjoy the natural resources of Delaware forever. We’re excited in continuing that mission in the future.”
Check the organization’s Facebook page for updates and videos. ( —D.O.

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