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 4,700 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

2016 Farm-to-Table Dinner

Once again we are pleased to announce a Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared and sourced by Doylestown Boro Mayor, Ron Strouse and Fred Cresson, original owners and chefs of the "Evermay on the Delaware" and the "Sign of the Sorrel Horse". Purchase tickets early! Past dinners have been sell-outs. Saturday, September 24, 2016. Cocktails at 6:00 pm followed by Dinner at 7:00 pm. As with past dinners, we will have a live auction.

BRLC Excecutive Director Retiring

The Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC) announced in early June that Barbara Drew, Executive Director, is retiring after ten years of service to the nonprofit land preservation organization. When the position was created in January 2006, the BRLC held 50 conservation easements, protecting just over 2000 acres of farmland and open space. During her tenure, Drew oversaw a doubling of preserved land in Bucks County, including a neighborhood preservation project involving 4 property owners that secured easements on 70 acres of land in Bedminster. Drew was also instrumental in the organization’s preparation for, and successful achievement of national accreditation status in 2008 as well as five-year renewal received just over a year ago. The BRLC’s growth and increase in responsibilities led to growth in professional staffing several years ago to include additional stewardship expertise assisting with the easement monitoring and stewardship program. Barbara's Message: In expressing her appreciation to the BRLC board, Barbara stated, “I have valued the role of the Board of Directors and appreciated collaborative work with the many dedicated board members over the past ten years, and know that the organization will continue to be successful in its endeavors.” Remarking that she felt privileged to have meaningful work with such an important mission and that the “ Barbara stated "The position provided me with enjoyable rewarding relationships with easement landowners with whom I have worked on land stewardship matters in partnership with municipalities, notably Bedminster and Solebury townships.” BRLC President Tony D’Orazio stated that the BRLC benefitted from Barbara’s many years of dedicated service. A search is underway for a professional with a similar breadth of experience to ensure continuation of the BRLC’s high standard of service to the community.

Special Challenge Match!

A group of patrons has generously offered a challenge grant that will match, dollar for dollar, all contributions for members of BRLC at the Guardian level ($100) or above. Their matching contributions are being made “to help BRLC reach the next level in preserving our priceless rural landscape.” BRLC now is actively protecting over 4,700 acres of working farms, forested lands and scenic vistas. As BRLC looks to the future of protecting more of the landscape that we all prize, we are launching this special appeal for new members and special annual gifts to raise funds for general purposes - the money is to continue to do a great job preserving new land and ensuring that the 110 properties already under easement are properly protected forever. With increased responsibilities and program needs, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in our operating costs in recent years. And we want to do more!

Please be as generous as you can. See our Join & Support page for the membership form or to make a contribution.

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.

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The Conservator

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