Delaware Open Space Council

The Delaware Open Space Council was created in 1990, with the passage of the Delaware Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Chapter 75), to advise the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on all matters relating to the administration, implementation, and financing of the Open Space Program.

Contact Us

Elena Stewart
Division of Parks & Recreation

The Open Space Council holds public meetings four times a year to review properties for consideration for acquisition and recommend specific land purchases. The council coordinates with other conservation groups and with local governments to work to permanently preserve lands for all residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Council helps develop and approve plans, guidelines and processes to guide preservation efforts.

Council meetings, including agendas and minutes, are posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.

Council Members

The Open Space Council is made up of a diverse group of people from throughout the state who have been active in or have shown an interest in preserving open space (7 Del. Code ยง 7505). Members are appointed by the Governor and by the leaders of the Delaware General Assembly.


John R. Schroeder, Chairperson

Sen. Bruce C. Ennis

Rep. Gerald L. Brady

Paul H. Boswell, Esq.

Lorraine M. Fleming

David A. Humes

Dorothy P. Leventry

David Sheppard, Esq.

D. Wayne Holden

Advisory To

Sec. Shawn M. Garvin, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control


Sec. Michael Scuse, Department of Agriculture

Sec. of State Jeffrey W. Bullock

Sec. Bernice Whaley, Delaware Economic Development Office

Raymond E. Bivens, State Liaison Officer for the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund