The new land will be added to the 12,400-acre Redden State Forest in Sussex County near Georgetown.
The 339 acres of forest was purchased from the Huff and Sposato families by the state with help from the U.S. Forest Service. The purchase is part of the Green Horizons project designed to protect forests, and maintain water quality and wildlife habitat on the Delmarva Peninsula.
“This forestland 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,” says State Forest Administrator Michael Valenti.
The land being purchased is east of US 113 between Ellendale and Georgetown. The land will be managed by the Delaware Forest Service, which will oversee wildlife habitat and timber production among other functions.