Pioneer of Preservation

Pioneer of Preservation (HM2FZ)

Location: Laurel, DE 19956 Sussex County
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N 38° 31.557', W 75° 30.63'

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Ted Harvey: Innovator for Preservation

Trussum Pond
Tranquil waters trapped by a grist mill dam in the early nineteenth century made Trussum Pon a haven for the baldcypress. However, the trees now seen dotting the pond's surface are all that remain of a once extensive prehistoric wetland.

Deprived of the area's natural cycle of high and low waters, the baldcypres trees caught in the pond are visible only as strange hummocks of gnarled wood, sprouting woldflowers, shurbs, and ferns. Grading inland to a canopy of loblolly, oak, cedar, and maple, the fragile bald cypress are very sensitive to changes in water quality.

First to Act
Despite living many years in Florida, Ted Harvey retained fond childhood memories of boating, hiking, and fishing at Trussum Pond. Returning to Delaware as an adult, he was discouraged by the area's growth and fearful of coming changes. In 1961, Ted founded Delaware Wild lands, Inc., expressly for the preservation of Trussum Pond. The organization made several land purchases to create a protective buffer zone between Trussum Pond and expanding local development. Delaware Wild Lands was the state's first non-profit land preservation organization.

Catalyst for Preservation
Ted harvey's historic initiative led to the formation of other land preservation groups across the state. Related to the du Pont family through his mother, and son of a mayor of Wilmington, Ted drew family, firends and the public into his crusade. What began as a local mission to protect Trussum Pond became a campaign to protect other areas of Delaware from development: Angola Neck, Woodlan dBeach, Milford Neck, and the Augustine and Appoquinimink River system. Working through Delaware Wild Lands, Inc., Ted's commitment to preservation nwo reaches out to include natural areas in Maryland and Virginia. In recognition of Ted Harvey's dedication and perserverance, Delaware has named the Ted Harvey Conservation Area on the St. Jones River in his honor.

The pond and surrounding woodlands are part of a unique habitat, which harbors abundant fish, birds, and wildlife and offers a singular opportunity for educational and recreational activities. Trussum Pond's unique panorama of old cypress knees, large bottom tree trunks, and stumps reminds visitors of areas of the deep south.

"I remember his saying that Trussum Pond was seemingly kidnaped from the deep south and plopped down in Delaware for posterity," said Rusty Harvey of his deceased father. "He just felt it was a little jewel in the Diamond State."
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 11:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 455501 N 4264296
Decimal Degrees38.52595000, -75.51050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 31.557', W 75° 30.63'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 31' 33.42" N, 75° 30' 37.80" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13629 Wootten Rd, Laurel DE 19956, US
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