43,000 acres of forest cleared for development in Sussex County. Without legal protections, woodlands are vanishing

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Over the last quarter century, the population of Sussex County, the most rural and southernmost in Delaware, has nearly doubled — up to 250,000 from 130,000.

The county’s historic, explosive era of growth has largely been fueled by retirees from nearby states who are attracted to the area’s natural charm, laid-back lifestyle, and low property tax rates.

But the boom has come with a price.

Hundreds of farms have been sold and cleared to make way for the construction of more than 55,000 homes and the businesses to serve new residents.

  • September 18, 2023
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