Buckingham Township Honored for Leadership in Land Preservation
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association honored Buckingham Township, Bucks County, with the 2013 Government Conservation Leadership Award for its demonstrated leadership in the conservation of its special landscapes and critical natural resources.
The township became a development hotspot in the mid-1980s. Buckingham addressed this challenge by establishing a voter-approved open space program and renewing it through two subsequent bond measures. This has enabled the township to have significant funds available on a consistent basis to preserve large and key parcels of lands when they become available.
Buckingham Township has preserved an impressive 3,770 acres of farmland. In addition, the township has 220 acres of parkland and has preserved an additional 468 acres of open space. With an additional 678 acres preserved by land trusts, 477 acres of open space within developments, and 181 acres owned by schools, a total of 5,793 acres of land are in public ownership or protected status. This represents more than 25 percent of the township.
“I commend Buckingham Township’s proactive and steadfast approach to land use planning and land conservation. The township’s leadership has enabled this community to protect its treasured landscapes and preserve its quality of life,” Andy Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, said in a news release.
The award was presented Saturday, April 6, in conjunction with the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference in State College, Pa. Maggie Rash, chair of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors, accepted the award on behalf of the township.
“Buckingham’s success in conservation and preservation is due to the steadfast support of resident volunteers, dedicated staff, consultants, and officials and two nonprofit organizations that contribute to easement purchases," Rash said. "No preservation could happen, however, without farmers who want to preserve and our residents who continually go to the polls and vote to keep Buckingham green!”
In the photo above, Maggie Rash, chair of the Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Board of Supervisors, accepts the 2013 Government Conservation Leadership Award from Andy Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.