Conservation is the main tenet of our work at The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. We have conserved approximately 915 acres of land to-date, with several easements currently in the pipeline. Our goal is to create conservation corridors, protecting vital contiguously conserved land and heritage sites. Open space and natural resources are vital to our community’s health and well-being, and TLC actively works to protect them in perpetuity.
TLC offers several conservation options for landowners and matches interested buyers with properties that are worthy of protection. In addition to working with landowners to place conservation easements on their properties, TLC also owns four public nature preserves with our fifth to open in 2017, and works with a sixth sister preserve, the Bucktoe Creek Preserve, where we host educational programs and assist with land management.
A conservation easement is a landowner’s voluntary agreement restricting the use and development of his or her property. Completing a conservation easement involves a number of specific activities leading from the first meeting to the final recording of the easement in the County’s real estate records. Initially, a representative of TLC seeks to understand a landowner’s objectives and the impact of conservation of the property. This is perhaps the most critical step and can take the longest to accomplish in order to meet the needs of both the landowner and TLC. Other activities include an appraisal of the property and a detailed evaluation to identify the property’s existing conditions and its natural and cultural resources.
The preservation process is the beginning of a long-term relationship between the landowner and TLC. As the options for conservation may not be readily apparent to landowners, we are available to meet with individuals or groups of residents to share ideas and answer questions.
Conservation is a value-added resource in any community. For more information about how open space makes for a good investment, read the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s “Return on Environment”.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment to review options for conserving your land for future generations, please contact Gwen Lacy, Executive Director, at 610-347-0347 x107 or firstname.lastname@example.org