WEST CHESTER (October 27) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County on its 20th Anniversary.

Dinniman presented Gwen Lacy, Executive Director of the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, with a special Senate citation in honor of the organization’s milestone birthday.

“The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County is a true Chester County success story in its ability to preserve and safeguard our open spaces and historic places,” Dinniman said. “It is my honor to recognize this fine organization on its 20th anniversary and offer my gratitude to its staff, supporters, volunteers and patrons for all of their hard work and support along the way.

“In the face of increasing development pressures, it is organizations like the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County that make the difference in maintaining southern Chester County’s rural and agrarian heritage,” he added

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Senator Dinniman presents a citation marking the 20th Anniversary of the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County to Executive Director Gwen Lacy.

During the meeting, Dinniman and Lacy also discussed the importance of local land preservation and management strategies, as well as legislation before the general assembly.

“It’s important for organizations such as TLC to work with our elected representatives for the public benefit, together as advocates and stewards, protecting and preserving our rural and historic heritage, as we address the demands of a growing population,” Lacy said.

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County was officially founded in 1995 as a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to ensuring the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites and working agricultural lands throughout southern Chester County.  However, the organization’s roots date back to the 1970s when a core group of concerned citizens came together to advocate and plan for land conservation in the area.

For almost the first decade of its existence, the conservancy operated as a purely volunteer organization and did not hire its first staff member until 2004. Today, the organization has grown into a nationally accredited land conservancy with a staff of seven, a host of interns and volunteers, and an active all volunteer board.

The conservancy’s mission is focused on four pillars – land conservation, historic preservation, environmental education and stewardship.

In total, the conservancy has preserved more than 800 acres of land by purchasing parcels and working with landowners to establish conservation easements on their properties.  It maintains five preserves in southern Chester County – the Stateline Woods Preserve, the Marshall Bridge Preserve, the New Leaf Eco Center, the Bucktoe Creek Preserve and the Marshall Mill House. In addition, the conservancy is currently in the process of planning the 45-acre Chandler Mill Nature Preserve.

The conservancy also offers a variety of environmental education programs, workshops and demonstrations led by local naturalists and sustainability experts.

For more information on the The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County visit http://tlcforscc.org.


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