Protecting Farmland and Open Space

WHO WE ARE
The Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC) is a nationally accredited 501(c)(3), non-profit, independent land trust, established in 1997. We are ...

  • 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 4,600 acres on over 109 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 goal and purpose of the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy is to function as a community-based land conservancy for the preservation of farmland and our agricultural heritage, as well as other open spaces, natural resources, wildlife habitats, and scenic features within Bedminster Township and other Bucks County municipalities. The main functions of this conservancy are to identify land of significance and resources for preservation; promote, accept, hold, and provide stewardship of conservation easements; provide information and function as a resource network for area residents and public agencies; sponsor educational preservation programs; conduct fund-raising activities; and work with other groups, corporations, and organizations with similar missions to promote and further the goal of this conservancy.

 

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

Covered Bridge Road Rally held on a beautiful day in May!

Many carloads of families and friends spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon enjoying scenic Bucks County including views of historic covered bridges. By following hints and filling in the blanks on a written "scavenger hunt," groups proceeded along the route in Bedminster and area communities. And the winners are...first place: Rick and Karen Winston; 2nd: Pete and Trish Benz; 3rd Chuck and Donna Shaw; 4th: Aaron and Cheryl Castro. Congratulations to all! Thanks to all who supported BRLC with ticket purchases and sponsorship of our second Road Rally!
2014 Table Setting

2nd Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner

Save the date for Saturday, September 19, 2015! Last year our Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chefs Ron Strouse and Fred Cresson was such a huge success, we are once again having this wonderful event. Tickets are $125 per person. There are a limited number of tickets so purchase early on our "Join & Support" tab.

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. 

Exquisite pottery by Lynn Taylor at the Traditional Artisan Show

Traditional Artisan Show September 12 & 13 Del Val Univ.

The tradition continues! Mark your calendars and be sure to experience the superb craftsmanship of nationally-recognized artisans. Delaware Valley University in Doylestown will host the Traditional Artisan Show on Saturday September 12th from 10 am to 5 p and Sunday September 12th from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission fee benefits the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy.

Vargo Car Show

Super antique cars on the old Vargo Dragstrip.   BRLC was one of the designated beneficiaries to the event along with Boy Scouts Troop 610.  Thanks to all who came out on our rain date on 11/8 to see the action and support the BRLC! 

Mark your calendars for the first Saturday of November in 2015 for the Vargo Car Show on November 7, 2015.

Our Newsletter,
The Conservator

Click on the image above to read our newsletter, The Conservator