Brandywine Con­ser­vancy gets $1.5 mil­lion to pre­serve 569 acres of land

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CHADDS FORD >> The Brandywine Con­ser­vancy has been awarded a $1.5 mil­lion grant from the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DCNR) to be used to­wards the ac­qui­si­tion of a 569-acre nat­u­ral area along the Oc­toraro Creek in Lower Ox­ford and West Not­ting­ham Town­ships, Ch­ester County.

This area is a por­tion of the 952-acre Glen­roy Farm prop­erty that spans Ch­ester and Lan­caster Coun­ties. The Con­ser­vancy’s ul­ti­mate goal is to work with the landowner to per­ma­nently pro­tect the en­tire prop­erty through pur­chase and agri­cul­tural ease­ments. The $1.5

mil­lion from DCNR will be used to match an al­ready ap­proved $3 mil­lion mul­ti­year grant from the Ch­ester County Preser­va­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­gram.

Even­tu­ally the 569-acre nat­u­ral area will be trans­ferred to and man­aged by the Ox­ford Area Foun­da­tion (OAF). OAF will man­age it as a pas­sive pre­serve with five miles of trails mostly along the Oc­toraro Creek.

“When com­pleted, this project will help cre­ate 6,739 acres of con­tigu­ous pre­served lands in the Oc­toraro wa­ter­shed,” said Ellen Fer­retti, direc­tor of the Brandywine Con­ser­vancy. “This ex­cep­tional land, which is pre­dom­i­nately forested, will not only of­fer

2.1 miles of pro­tected frontage along the Oc­toraro Creek—a trib­u­tary of the Susque­hanna River— and vi­tal habi­tat to wood­land flora and fauna, but will also pro­vide pub­lic recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in a mag­nif­i­cent set­ting for the com­mu­nity. We are grate­ful to all of our part­ners and to the prop­erty own­ers whose goal was to find a way to keep the land as it is to­day, for­ever.”

“South­ern Ch­ester County is home to some of the last bas­tions of agri­cul­tural and ru­ral open space in the re­gion,” com­mented Penn­syl­va­nia State Se­na­tor Andy Din­ni­man. “It is cru­cial that we suc­cess­fully seize op­por­tu­ni­ties, like this one, to pre­serve our open spa­ces and beau­ti­ful places for per­pe­tu­ity. Pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships have been es­sen­tial to our ef­forts and

I am thank­ful for the on­go­ing work of the Brandywine Con­ser­vancy in pro­tect­ing and con­serv­ing our nat­u­ral trea­sures for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The Brandywine Con­ser­vancy also as­sisted the landowner in ap­ply­ing for and se­cur­ing agri­cul­tural preser­va­tion fund­ing to pre­serve the 220 acres of farm­land on the prop­erty. “We are al­ways pleased to see farms of this cal­iber en­ter our pro­gram,” said Ge­off Shelling­ton, In­terim Direc­tor of the Ch­ester County Open Space Preser­va­tion Pro­gram.

The Brandywine Con­ser­vancy is seek­ing ad­di­tional funds to meet the ac­qui­si­tion price with a de­sired com­ple­tion by 2021 for the re­main­ing lands in Ch­ester County and an ad­di­tional 156 acres of farm­land along the Oc­toraro Creek in Lan­caster County.

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