On August 22, 2013, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced the recent purchase of conservation easements on 3,246 acres of Pennsylvania farmland. The newly preserved farmland is located in Adams, Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Sullivan and Westmoreland counties.
Established in 1988, “the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program (PACEPP) was developed to strengthen Pennsylvania's agricultural economy and protect prime farmland.” PACEPP allows state, county and local governments to purchase the development rights (known as conservation easements) of specifically targeted Pennsylvania farmland. Since its inception, PACEPP has spent over $1.2 billion in acquiring conservation easements on 478,246 acres of farmland located throughout fifty seven different counties in Pennsylvania.
For more information regarding PACEPP, please see the PA Department of Agriculture Bureau of Farmland Preservation Website.
For more information regarding farmland preservation, please see the Penn State Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center’s Publications Library.
Written by M. Sean High – Research Fellow
Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center
Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law
August 27, 2013