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The Appalachian Piedmont of Delaware was settled by European immigrants and their descendants more than three centuries ago. As a result, the Red Clay Valley region has a history of heavy and repeated disturbance from logging, agriculture, grist mills, and railroad activities to mention just a few. Since the majority of our lands are disturbed and surrounded by development, we seek to restore, support and enhance the natural ecosystem functions and processes.

Mt Cuba Center’s land stewardship standards transcend our physical property boundaries as we lead by example and share our stewardship methodologies and information with our Red Clay Valley neighbors, forming partnerships to attain common biodiversity enhancement goals. As long as our Natural Lands require protection and intervention, we are committed to insuring we are proactively managing these precious resources.

Habitat loss and the invasion of exotic invasive species are the primary factors threatening species and ecosystems. Habitat protection and restoration programs have been proven to address the problem of species decline and habitat loss.