Pennsbury looks to acquire land near U.S.-1

23 acres would be used for open space and recreation By Kris Firey-Poling, Correspondent, The Times PENNSBURY — The township’s Board of Supervisors passed resolutions to start the process to acquire 23 acres of land for open space and recreation at its meeting, Wednesday night. The land includes three parcels, located on U.S. 1 east and west of the township building, and at the corner of U.S....

Op/Ed: VISTA 2025 offer balance of growth and preservation

By Molly Morrison, President, Natural Lands Trust Molly Morrison It may be surprising that preservation features so prominently in reports about Chester County’s new economic development plan. The need to balance economic growth and preservation is, however, the innovative and insightful organizing principal of VISTA 2025, the County’s new Economic Development Strategy. The plan, prepared with...

Dinniman to honor Mrs. Hannum, July 4

State senator to present flag in honor of beloved open-space advocate Nancy Penn Smith Hannum WEST MARLBOROUGH – State Sen. Andy Dinniman will honor the conservation efforts of the late Nancy Penn Smith Hannum — known best in the Unionville area as “Mrs. Hannum” —  by presenting a Pennsylvania state flag in her memory to her family on July 4th following the second annual Chesco Road...

BVA gives Pocopson open space award

Pocopson Township Supervisor Ricki Stumpo with an award recently presented to the township by the Brandywine Valley Association for its efforts in open space preservation. POCOPSON — At a recent Board of Supervisor’s meeting township officials showed off an award the township received for its open space preservation efforts. Supervisors’ Chair, Steve Conary proudly displayed the 2012 Brandywine...

Letter: Ross didn’t protect open space

To the Editor Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) voted for House Bill 2224 which, according to the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, PennFuture and many other open space organizations,  puts public land, including much-loved parks, at risk of being sold for short term gain or on a political whim.  It tosses out longstanding rules that ensure government cannot sell parks and other Open Space if the lands...

Letter: more resident comment needed on Barnard House

To the Editor, This is a comment on Pocopson’s Barnard House reconstruction project and the process being used to further the implementation of the project. Pocopson is rebuilding the Barnard House to provide offices, meeting space and museum space. The first two of these functions are currently being served by the converted Township garage on Denton Hollow Rd. The bids on the architect’s plan...

Merger of conservation agencies announced

Montco organization to become affiliate of Natural Lands Trust Anticipating a heightened ability to protect natural resources, Natural Lands Trust and Montgomery County Lands Trust  (MCLT) announced a merger July 2. The Ches-Len Preserve is one of several Chester County nature preserves that is owned and managed by Natural Lands Trust. Under the terms of the agreement, MCLT becomes an affiliate of...

Brandywine Battlefield Task Force talks more regional approach

Bike paths, hiking trails and linking sites from Kennett to Chadds Ford seen in plans By P.J. D’Annunzio, Staff Writer, UnionvilleTimes.com Local proponents of the Brandywine Battlefield area showed off plans for regional preservation and bike and trail links connecting areas of the battlefield area. On this map, presented Thursday night, potential bike paths connecting the areas are shown in orange CHADDS...

New Lenfest Center to enhance ChesLen Preserve

Benefactors, local elected officials gather to celebrate ground-breaking for 9,300-sq.-ft. facility By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Gathering to celebrate the ground breaking of the Lenfest Center at the ChesLin Preserve, local elected officials, members of the National Land trust staff and benefactors gathered, Wednesday. From left, back row, Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands...

Land Conservancy plans busy spring

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County’s (TLC) mission is to ensure the perpetual preservation of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout southern Chester County.  TLC encourages residents to spend time outside enjoying nature whether it is on one of our nature preserves or the many other open spaces throughout the county. ...