Natural Lands – the Media-based nonprofit formerly known as Natural Lands Trust – has bought 1,500 acres of land, including Bryn Coed Farms in northern Chester County, to preserve it from being developed into 700 homes, writes Michaelle Bond for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Natural Lands will turn the 500-acre farm into a nature preserve, while limiting development on the rest of the property to 28 homes.
The nonprofit has been working for the past five years to preserve as much of the land as possible. Chester County, West Vincent Township, East and West Pikeland townships, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have contributed $11.5 million to acquire and preserve the land.
Natural Lands has already raised more than $4 million from donors toward its $5 million goal for the planned preserve. If it exceeds this target, the extra funds will be used to increase the size of the preserve.
“It’s not only an iconic landscape and a glimpse of our agricultural heritage, but it is an essential link in water quality in the region,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands.