10 Le­high Val­ley prop­er­ties that are be­ing pre­served as farms

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS | NATION & WORLD - By An­thony Sala­m­one

Penn­syl­va­nia has pre­served 10 farms to­tal­ing more than 560 acres in the Le­high Val­ley, meaning that land won’t ever be de­vel­oped.

The state’s Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment an­nounced Fri­day that 40 farms com­pris­ing more than 2,700 acres across Penn­syl­va­nia are in the lat­est round of preser­va­tion. The news came a day af­ter the state’s Agri­cul­tural Land Preser­va­tion Board ap­proved the des­ig­na­tions.

“Our di­ver­sity as a state extends far beyond our people to our ge­og­ra­phy, our prod­ucts, our pro­duc­tion styles, and the op­tions that our land can be used for,” Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Rus­sell Red­ding said in a news re­lease. “It’s im­por­tant to take pause and con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions of trans­form­ing farm­land into de­vel­oped land.”

The Penn­syl­va­nia Agri­cul­tural Con­ser­va­tion Ease­ment Pur­chase Program iden­ti­fies qual­ity farm­land for state, county and local government­s to buy de­vel­op­ment rights.

Since the program be­gan in 1988, fed­eral, state, county and local government­s have bought such per­ma­nent ease­ments on 5,580 farms to­tal­ing more than 572,000 acres. The pur­chases have hap­pened in 59 of the state’s 67 coun­ties. Here are the lat­est farms be­ing pre­served in Le­high County:

■ Frances L. and Wayne G. Heuss­man farm No. 1, 116 acres, and a sec­ond Heuss­man fam­ily farm with 84 acres

■ Dale L. and Ellen L. Ko­plin farm, 30 acres

■ Pamela D. Krause farm, 31 acres

■ Ken­neth and Les­lie J. Mat­tos farm, 11 acres

■ Ster­ling D. and Doreen B. Rein­ert farm, 38 acres

■ The Stet­tler farm, 45 acres Northamp­ton County farms are:

■ Sarah L. Pagotto Re­vo­ca­ble Liv­ing Trust farm, 92 acres

■ Clay­ton III and Stacey Stine farm, 11.06 acres

■ Wein­hofer Farms LLC, 108 acres

Other farms pre­served are in Berks, Bucks and Mont­gomery coun­ties. To see the lat­est list and learn more about the state’s farm­land preser­va­tion program, go to agri­cul­ture.pa.gov.

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