Protecting Farmland and Open Space

WHO WE ARE
The Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC) ~  a nationally accredited 501(c)(3), non-profit, independent land trust, established in 1997~ is now the Land Trust of Bucks County. Please visit our new website at www.LandTrustBucksCounty.org. We are still ...

  • Protecting and preserving open space and farmland in upper Bucks County, PA.
  • Helping to keep the agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle in this area alive for future generations.
  • Working to protect wildlife habitats, scenic vistas, clean air and water.
  • Preserving the region's natural beauty and resources.
  • Supported by members and volunteers.

WHAT WE DO

  • Protect and preserve, in perpetuity, farmland, open spaces, natural lands, wildlife habitats and scenic features, all of which play a vital role in the well-being of our communities.
  • Hold and defend conservation easements on over 4,700 acres on over 110 properties in five area townships.
  • Work with landowners, area townships and open space officials to obtain conservation easements.
  • Educate landowners on the environmental and economic value of conservation.

If you are interested in placing an easement on your property, click on "Preserving your Land"  above.

ACCREDITATION RENEWED - LEADING THE WAY, AGAIN!

The BRLC is currently one of only 300 accredited land trusts nationwide, and among the few land trusts that have received 5-year renewal of accreditation!  BRLC was one of the first 22 land trusts out of 1,700 in the nation to apply for and receive accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2008, when the rigorous review program was first implemented.  The accreditation seal recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

Always striving to maintain the highest standard practices for land trusts, BRLC has earned this national distinction due to its sound policies for land preservation work.  We acknowledge to work of all our board of directors from our inception and professional staffing.  

To view congratulations from Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, visit our Resources page.  

Statewide Rankings: BRLC's Growth Continues

The past decade has produced robust progress in preserving Pennsylvania’s natural lands, farmlands and open spaces according to the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA). This statewide progress is reflected in the achievements and significant growth of the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC), which has served communities in Bucks County since 1997.     

In its latest statewide census, PALTA reports that acreage preserved in Pennsylvania grew by 64% between 2003 and 2013, protecting a total of 236,758 acres.  Meanwhile, acreage preserved by BRLC during this same time frame increased dramatically by about 300%, from 1,561 acres to 4,535 at the end of 2013.  

PALTA's recent census of all land trusts in Pennsylvania ranks the BRLC among the highest in several categories.   As of December 31, 2013, out of the ninety-one land trusts operating in Pennsylvania  BRLC ranks 16th in the total number of acres preserved.  

 
These rankings are impressive given that the BRLC had been an all volunteer based land trust until 2006, from which time it has been assisted by a part-time professional staffing, whereas other land conservancies have full-time paid employees.
 
If you are interested in preserving your land, call us at 215 795-2352. Whether or not you are a property owner, join us in supporting land preservation by joining the BRLC. (See our membership page "Join & Support")

Congratulations from Congressman Fitzpatrick

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy is a non-profit, nationally accredited Conservancy dedicated to the preservation and protection of farmland, natural resources, wildlife habitats and scenic vistas throughout Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 

The official registration and financial information of the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Regsitration does not imply endorsement.

Current News

2017 Farm-to-Table Dinner

Once again we are pleased to announce a Farm-to-Table Dinner. Chef this year will be Keith Blalock. Keith ran the kitchen at the Cutaloosa Inn in Lumberville for 3 years and Via Veneto in Horsham for 17 years. He was one of the first to reserve space in the reinvented Main Street “inside out” market with PA Soup and Seafood in Doylestown. He and his business partner have expanded and developed the Penn Taproom.

Join us on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Cocktails at 5:00 pm followed by Dinner at 6:00 pm.
As with past dinners, we will have a live auction.

Tickets ($125 each) are limited and can be purchased on this website under the "Join and Support" tab.

2017 Traditional Artisan Show, September 16th and 17th

Visit the Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show and meet over 40 of the top artisans in period American art, decoration, wearables, and furnishings in dozens of trades and media, all produced with the most skilled and conscientious craftsmanship.

This wonderful fine arts & craft show is conducted each year in Doylestown, PA at the Delaware Valley University, 700 East Butler Ave (West State St), Doylestown, PA.

Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

 

2017 Vargo Car Show

Super classic, street rods, muscle and antique cars were featured on the old Vargo Dragstrip.   BRLC was one of the designated beneficiaries of the event along with Boy Scout Troop 610.  Last year there were over 600 show cars! For more information or if your business would like to be a sponsor of trophies, door prizes, or goody bag items, please contact us or visit www.vargodragway.com.

Support BRLC with AmazonSmile!

BRLC is now registered with AmazonSmile so that when you shop through AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com),  0.5% of the purchase amount (at no cost to you) is donated to BRLC.   Shop online at  Smile.Amazon.com for the same selections at Amazon, and select Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy as the organization you wish to support!   Click here to get starting with your purposeful shopping!

Thank you!

Support
the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC) through Membership for 2015.   Your tax-deductible dues and donations help to support and strengthen our land preservation work throughout upper Bucks County.  See our "Join & Support" page. 

Federal Tax Incentive for Charitable Contributions Permanent!

After lapsing for several years preceded by many years of extending its effectiveness in two-year terms, the enhanced federal tax benefits for charitable giving for conservation has been made permanent!   This legislation has been a priority for the land trust community for a decade, and it represents a huge win for conservation, for landowners and land trusts nationwide.   The incentive, which benefits conservation easement donors, will be applied retroactively to  Jan. 1, 2015.

The Senate vote also reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund for three years and increased its funding from $306 million last year to $450 million this year. Our thanks to our legislators who supported this legislation and to all who reached out to legislators to educate them about both the importance of this incentive and the critical role that land trusts play in communities across the country.

Our Newsletter,
The Conservator

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