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Public input sought by Delaware Open Space Council regarding Open Space Program Plan

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Categories:  Division of Parks and Recreation DNREC

Upcoming public workshops Thursday, Feb. 16 in Kent County
and Thursday, Feb. 23 in New Castle County

DOVER – Public workshops continue Thursday, Feb. 16 in Kent County and Thursday, Feb. 23 in New Castle County for gathering comment about Delaware’s Open Space Program Plan, following amendments made last year to the state’s Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Chapter 75) and public concern about certain components of the Open Space Program.

Both remaining workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. at locations listed below:

These workshops are intended to gather public comments on the draft outline of the Open Space Program Plan, which is now required by the amended code. The plan will include the Delaware Open Space Council’s and state agencies’ (including DNREC’s) strategies, goals, and priorities for the application of funds available for the permanent protection of land. The first of three statewide workshops was held Feb. 9 in Georgetown for comment from Sussex County residents.

The Open Space Program Plan also may include analysis and discussion of various creative and innovative methods to secure the permanent protection of open space land. After public comment is incorporated into the draft plan, the full Open Space Council will review it at its March 1 meeting. A final version will go to a public hearing March 8 at the Dover Public Library. The draft Open Space Program Plan outline is available for review on the DNREC website at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/OpenSpaces/Pages/OpenSpaces.aspx For more information about the plan, please call Elena Stewart, land preservation specialist, DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation, at 302-739-9935.

Media contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 47, No. 38

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