Glatfelter Forest in autumn. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman
Today, thousands of acres of privately owned forestland across Delaware are for sale, jeopardizing the state’s unique character and way of life. With so much at stake, protection of key forestland is one of the region’s most important land conservation priorities.
Pines and freshwater streams of the Glatfelter Forest, which encompasses the headwaters of the Nanticoke River and straddles the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, have for centuries safeguarded wildlife habitat, enhanced water quality, and provided jobs for local residents. Beginning in 2004, The Conservation Fund came together with the state of Delaware and many other partners as part of a three-year, multi-phased project that has protected more than 5,000 acres of forest habitat in Delaware to date. With support from Governor Minner’s Livable Delaware Initiative, we were able to secure some of the most environmentally sensitive areas, protecting a portion of the forest as managed timberland while creating new opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
This project was completed in conjunction with the Redden State Forest and the Department of Natural Resources’ Fish and Wildlife Division. Delaware’s congressional delegation helped secure vital funds through the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program, and the Mt. Cuba Center provided a grant of more than $10 million to protect a portion of these lands.