Chester County celebrates preservation of 500th farm

: Chester County Commissioners visit 500th preserved farm. From left to right: Commissioner Terence Farrell; Commissioner Michelle Kichline; farm owner Gerald Rohrer; Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; and Cindy Rohrer. Chester County signed contracts on the preservation of its 500th farm this week, bringing the total number of farm acres preserved in the county to just under 40,000.  In total, more...

County: 40,000 farm acres preserved since 1990

Chester County preserved farmland in West Nantmeal Township. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners announced Thursday an important agricultural land preservation milestone in the County: some 40,000 acres of farmland have been preserved as part of the county’s open space efforts. Since October of 1990, when the first farm successfully went into the program, Chester County’s...

Chesco doubles open space acreage preserved in 2017

Portions of the former Strawbridge estate near the Maryland border were preserved as protected open space in Chester County last year. Photo courtesy: Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation . The Chester County Commissioners announced that an estimated 4,240 acres of open space were protected during 2017—more than double the amount preserved the previous year. “We are pleased...

Lacy stepping down as head of The Land Conservancy

Gwen Lacy Gwen Lacy, the founding executive director of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC), has announced her decision to step down, effective April 30. Lacy has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for land conservation, historic preservation, environmental education, and stewardship in the region for 14 years. She started in 2004 as director of the Kennett Township Land...

Dinniman: DCNR to grant $3.8 million for open space in Chester County

State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) announced this week that ten outdoor recreation and environmental conservation projects in Chester County will receive nearly $3.8 million in total state funding through the Pennsylvania Community Conservation Partnerships Grant Program (CCPP). The projects are as follows: $50,000 to Chester County to prepare a trail study for the development approximately 15 miles...

Letter: New funding needed for Growing Greener

To the Editor:  Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program has a proud history of success in protecting our water, conserving our natural lands, preserving our family farms and providing outdoor recreation.  However, much work still needs to be done in order to ensure future generations have access to clean water, locally-grown food and public parks, trails and recreational opportunities.  ...

NLT preserves 55.7 acres in London-Britain

Sisters Patricia Kraus Holt and Kathryn K. McClure on the property they helped preserve as open space. Last month, Natural Lands Trust protected a scenic 55.7- acre property in London Britain Township, preserving woodlands, rare plant species, and a valued part of the rural landscape. The property was placed under a conservation easement, which means that it remains in private ownership but is...

Pennsbury debates Parker Preserve open space

Also, Supervisors approve emergency services study By Kris Firey-Poling, Correspondent, The Times Ann Walters, Landscape Architect, presents her Parker Preserve open space landscape plan to Pennsbury Township supervisors at Wednesday night’s meeting. PENNSBURY — The main focus of Wednesday’s township Board of Supervisors meeting involved replanting the Homeowners Association’s (HOA) open...

Johnson new CEO of North American Land Trust

Stephen Thor Johnson CHADDS FORD — North American Land Trust (NALT), a national, not-for-profit land conservation organization, today announced that Stephen Thor Johnson will become President and CEO. He will succeed Andrew L. Johnson (no relation), who founded the organization in 1992. Stephen Johnson of Lincoln, MA, was selected by the Board of Directors following a year-long search after...

Kennett Twp BOS seeks PA Multimodal matching grant

Matching grant’s focus paves the way for increased trails and walkways By Kim Chiomento, News Editor, The Times KENNETT  – The township’s Board of Supervisors held a special meeting last week to discuss a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Multi Modal Grant application.  The need for a special meeting was determined by the grant application’s July 31st deadline. The township will apply...