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Huge Swath of Land Preserved in Pennsylvania's Fastest Growing County

Preservationists have bought one reprieve from the ongoing expansion of developed land in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
June 12, 2017, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Bartram's Covered Bridge, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Jim Cheney

"A 1,500-acre piece of land in fast-growing northern Chester County won’t be sprouting 700 new homes," reports Michaelle Bond.

"Natural Lands, formerly Natural Lands Trust, took ownership of the property last week and plans to create a 500-acre nature preserve and limit development on the rest of Bryn Coed Farms to 28 homes," adds Bond. The land had been tbhe source of developer interest over the years—zoning allows for 700 homes to be built on the property.  

The conservation effort stems the tide of development since Chester County, the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania, approved its first Landscapes plan two decades ago. Since then, reports Bond, "a land area greater than the size of Philadelphia has been cordoned off to development."

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Published on Friday, June 9, 2017 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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