May 5, 2016 |
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.
January 7, 2016 |
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.
November 4, 2015 |
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.
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.