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May 24, 1999 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Natural Lands Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization in Upper Providence, Delaware County, has hired David J. Athey of Newark, Del., as its river-conservation program manager. Athey started with the conservation group this month. Initially, he will be working on the Schuylkill River Watershed Conservation Plan. The trust is involved in that project cooperatively with the Conservation Fund, a national organization with offices in Philadelphia and Washington, and the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
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December 14, 2004 | By Dulcie F. Flaharty
At month's end, Philip S. Wallis will step down as president of Natural Lands Trust, the region's largest conservation group. Wallis has brought both courage and passion to the effort to save the best of our natural landscapes, while advocating for the introduction and enhancement of green spaces in our developed communities. We can measure his success not only in number of acres protected but also in innovative projects initiated. Wallis' call for a regional perspective on saving our best and most cherished open lands has gained wider public support during his seven years at the helm of the Media-based Natural Lands Trust.
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October 17, 2000 | By Chani Katzen, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Looking comfortably at home, a great white oak towers 80 feet over the edge of a rolling hillside. But in recent months, the age-old tree has caused its owners to scratch their heads a lot. When architects for the Natural Lands Trust conservancy headquarters sketched plans for a much-needed expansion, the tree's rambling roots threaded right through the middle of it. First, an arborist was called in, and he recommended keeping construction...
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May 6, 1998 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The William Penn Foundation has given Natural Lands Trust a three-year, $1,292,500 grant to scout for, buy and preserve land in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, representatives for the foundation and the trust said yesterday. "This is the largest grant that we've made to date to Natural Lands Trust," said Hollister Knowlton, communications director for William Penn. The trust, based near Media, Delaware County, defines itself as a nonprofit working to conserve countryside in and near the Philadelphia region.
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October 11, 1992 | By Steve Goldstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The joke they tell on themselves at the Natural Lands Trust about the widespread and beautiful nature preserves they own or manage is that you can enjoy them a great deal - if only you can find them. Unobtrusive signs (some would say invisible) and low-key promotion of these natural wonders have for years reflected the humble personality of the organization. Of late the properties are better identified and more accessible, just as the NLT itself is moving more into the public arena.
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March 25, 1999 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Township officials have proposed taking over management of the 30-acre Taylor Memorial Arboretum along Ridley Creek, replacing the Natural Lands Trust, which opted out of that role this year. Township Manager Gary J. Cummings said Tuesday that a management proposal drafted by Commissioner Jennifer Cheung has been sent to Mellon Bank, trustee for the Taylor estate. Cummings said the proposal demonstrated that the township had the resources and expertise to manage the site with the understanding that all managerial and administrative costs would be underwritten by Mellon as trustee.
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October 26, 2004 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While it reaches north to the Poconos and deep into South Jersey to protect undeveloped acreage, Natural Lands Trust looked no farther than its basement for a new leader. The Media-based conservation group, one of the Philadelphia region's oldest and largest, announced yesterday that Molly Morrison, its chief operating officer since 2001, will take over as president and chief executive on Jan. 1. Morrison, 50, a Thornbury Township resident and one of the primary architects of Chester County's acclaimed open-space preservation program, will succeed Phil Wallis.
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June 28, 2005 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A primeval forest that may contain the oldest stand of hardwood trees in the Northeast and is considered one of the most important natural habitats in the world will be permanently protected from development under a $1.2 million acquisition by the Natural Lands Trust. The purchase this month of more than 1,550 acres of dense forest and tidal marshes in Downe and Commercial Townships in Cumberland County from U.S. Silica Co. is the largest single land buy in the conservation organization's 52-year history.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public. The 42 acres and Tudor Revival mansion on North Spring Mill Road are to be transferred to the trust at a ceremony and luncheon Wednesday on the Great Lawn behind the house. Emotionally, "it is a passage, for sure," said David Haas, who was 9 when his parents acquired the estate from his grandparents in 1964.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public. The 42 acres and Tudor Revival mansion on North Spring Mill Road are to be transferred to the trust at a ceremony and luncheon Wednesday on the Great Lawn behind the house. Emotionally, "it is a passage, for sure," said David Haas, who was 9 when his parents acquired the estate from his grandparents in 1964.
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January 7, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The Natural Lands Trust has secured a conservation easement protecting 38 acres of Awbury Arboretum in Germantown from future development, the organization said in a release Tuesday. The easement was purchased for $1.4 million using funds from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and other public and private sources, the Natural Lands Trust said. The arboretum, which covers 55 acres of wetlands, meadows and other habitat, has been open to the public for nearly 100 years.
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November 4, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A deal has been struck to preserve 37 acres of green space in Chestnut Hill through its sale to the Philadelphia Cricket Club by a family long associated with the Philadelphia neighborhood. The land, which already had been leased by the club for part of its nine-hole golf course, will be placed into a conservation easement with the Natural Lands Trust as part of the deal, the families of Quita Woodward Horan and George Woodward III announced Monday. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the family said it reflected the value of the land restricted to open-space recreational use. The proceeds will be donated to the Natural Lands Trust, the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, and other organizations.
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December 6, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 7, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 22, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 2, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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