County, Land Trust Preserve 220 Acres of Farmland

by Dave on July 21, 2009

Two hundred twenty acres of farmland in five parcels will be preserved as part of an arrangement announced today by Sussex County Council and the Sussex County Land Trust.

County Council, at its Tuesday, July 21, 2009, meeting, approved using $300,000 in agriculture preservation money not spent in a previous budget year as its contribution to protect five parcels of farmland, totaling nearly 220 acres, scattered throughout the county.

Sussex County once again will pool money with dollars from a local land trust and the federal government to keep farmland and open space on the map. The $300,000 from Sussex County, combined with another $172,000 in private donations raised by the Sussex County Land Trust, will create a local share of $472,000. That money, in turn, will earn approximately $650,000 in federal matching funds.

Sussex County’s latest contribution brings to $7.2 million the total amount of County funds spent in open space preservation during the past seven years.

The five parcels are all working farms in the Bridgeville, Laurel, Primehook, Great Cypress Swamp, and Broadkill areas. The owners of the properties are not selling their lands, just the right to subdivide and develop the parcels.

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