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.
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.
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 § 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
Chief Dennis J. Coker
David A. Humes
David Sheppard, Esq.
D. Wayne Holden
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