December 6, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Developers with plans to build luxury homes on a park cherished by many and a group opposing their project appeared Wednesday night to have struck an unanticipated deal to preserve the land. Under the proposed agreement, West Chester Borough would purchase the 1.3-acre Barclay Grounds in installments over the next year using grant funds it anticipates securing in 2014. The complex maneuver could preserve the property, which has come under the threat of development several times in the last 50 years, indefinitely as a borough-owned park.
March 7, 2013 |
Ever think a plant in the woods looks good enough to eat? Well, now there is a way to find out if you can indulge. On April 13, the Natural Lands Trust will be hosting a Forest-to-Table tour of its 55-acre Hildacy Farm Preserve in Media Delaware County. Evan Strusinski, who forages for New York's Momofuku and Gramercy Tavern restaurants, will lead a group along 2 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows to identify edible plants. Later, the group will move inside and Strusinski will show how the bounty can end up as gourmet dishes.
January 23, 2013 |
Nearly 134 acres in Chester and Delaware Counties have been set aside for preservation, the Natural Lands Trust has announced. In Chester County, a 10-acre conservation easement in West Pikeland Township owned by the Yellow Springs Foundation was acquired. In New Garden Township, a 12-acre conservation easement along the East Branch of the White Clay Creek identified as "critical" by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was finalized. A 10-acre conservation easement in East Brandywine Township adjacent to the Bondsville Mill Park was also finalized.
January 22, 2013 |
One hundred thirty four acres in Chester and Delaware Counties has been set aside for preservation, the Natural Lands Trust announced. In Chester County, a 10-acre conservation easement in West Pikeland Township owned by the Yellow Springs Foundation was acquired. In New Garden Township, a 12-acre conservation easement along the East Branch of the White Clay Creek identified as "critical" by the National Wild and Scenic River was finalized. A 10-acre conservation easement in East Brandywine Township adjacent to the Bondsville Mill Park was also finalized.
March 2, 2012 |
A plan to create a trail and public space along the Delaware took a big step forward Thursday with the transfer of four piers and five vacant acres to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., a nonprofit organization that acts as a steward of development on the river. The transaction includes a strip of riverfront land next to a Wal-Mart store on South Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia; Piers 64, 67, 68 and 70; and 11 acres of submerged land between the piers. The DRWC was able to acquire the property through a deal involving the Natural Lands Trust, a nonprofit group committed to land conservation.
January 2, 2012
As president of the Natural Lands Trust, serving Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, Molly Morrison fights to balance conservation and "appropriate" development. From her office on a preserve in Media, Morrison, 58, works with community groups to identify "priority landscapes," acquire easements, and link people and nature. Born in Phoenixville, she lives in Thornbury. Her bachelor's degree in English is from Ursinus College; her master's is in communications from Syracuse University.
May 6, 2011
With land a coveted commodity in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the People's Light and Theatre Company will present a free seminar on conservation at 7 p.m. May 16 at the theater on Conestoga Road in East Whiteland Township. Panelists will include Grace Sharples Cooke, a landowner whose family chose conservation; Jim Fuller, vice president of the Hankin Group, a development firm; Tim Barnard, a Media lawyer who advises landowners; and Molly Morrison, president of the Natural Lands Trust, a regional conservation organization.
March 13, 2011 |
Heritage Conservancy executive Clifford C. David Jr. has a no-nonsense commitment to land protection. That makes all the more unusual his new strategy for maintaining the 10,000 acres under his agency's stewardship. Part of it involves soaring through a forest canopy attached to a harness and a high-tension cable. Not David, mind you, but those thrill-seekers and outdoors-lovers he hopes to better acquaint with the woodlands that are part of the portfolio Heritage Conservancy administers from its headquarters at the venerable Aldie Mansion outside Doylestown.
December 17, 2010 |
The largest tract of privately owned green space in Philadelphia is now protected from development into perpetuity. Officials at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education reached an agreement for a conservation easement on 325 acres of woods and fields in Upper Roxborough, virtually all the land the center owns. In doing so, the center gave up the potential for tens of millions of dollars if it had sold the property to a developer. And it traded the land for $750,000 in state grant money, minus administrative fees.