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National Park for Delaware Up for Discussion Tonight

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are holding a public meeting on efforts to establish a national park in Delaware.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has tried for years to get a national park in Delaware, the only state without one. Carper has proposed linking several sites across the state focusing on early colonial settlements and Delaware's role in ratifying the Constitution.

But a public meeting Tuesday night in Greenville also will include an alternative plan based on the pending sale of more than 1,100 acres in the scenic Brandywine Valley north of Wilmington to a national preservation group.

The Conservation Fund has said it wants to work with the National Park Service to turn the land along the Brandywine Creek, also known as the Woodlawn property, into Delaware's first national park. 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.