With the recent signing of an agricultural conservation easement, the School of Veterinary Medicine has ensured that 145 acres of its New Bolton Center campus in Chester County will be protected from development, and will continue the area’s agricultural tradition.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for Penn Vet to continue the positive relationship we have with the Chester County community,” says Corinne Sweeney, associate dean for the New Bolton Center. “The easement will help sustain the area’s long and proud agricultural heritage. We’re so pleased to be a part of it.”
The parcel of land placed under the easement—comprising nearly a quarter of the New Bolton Center’s 687-acre campus—is currently used as cropland and pastureland. The easement ensures that these traditional uses will continue, while restricting non-agricultural development.
Penn Vet will maintain ownership of the land, while The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County will hold the easement and act as a guardian of its provisions.
Originally published on September 12, 2013