Willistown Conservation Trust featured on Front Page of Philadelphia Inquirer
On June 19, 2018, Philadelphia Inquirer's lead article explored how land trusts have become a growing force for good in the region, together protecting thousands of acres of picturesque and environmentally sensitive lands from development. The Trust is honored to be included in this important recognition of what the land trust community has done for this region and beyond. Read more.
New Legacy Conservation Easement Protects Beautiful 5.6 Acres
This May, Jean Preston signed an official Legacy Conservation Easement at the Trust's office, protecting 5.6 acres of land. Her scenic property, off of Dutton Mill Road, features a wooded area and pond that drains to the Ridley Creek. Read more.
Willistown Conservation Trust and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Announce Collaboration Establishing Field Study Site
June 5, 2018, Willistown - Willistown Conservation Trust (the “Trust”) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (the “Academy”) that establishes the Trust’s geographic focal area—encompassing the headwaters of four major tributaries of the Delaware River, the Chester, Crum, Ridley and Darby Creeks. Read more.
Migration Mystery - First State-wide Motus Array Installed
October 1, 2017, Willistown - Fueled by an unparalleled passion for birds, a remarkable team assembled by the Northeast Motus Collaboration completed the first state-wide array of receiver stations in Pennsylvania this past July, constructing 18 towers in 17 days. The network promises new hope for scientists who are working to save declining bird populations. Read more.
New Conservation Easement Protects Remaining 30 Acres of Hi Bid Farm
November 6, 2017, Willistown - The last 30 acres of the beautiful 55-acre Hi Bid Farm were permanently protected from development today, when conservation buyer Caroline Moran signed a conservation easement at the Trust’s office. The land will remain privately owned by Ms. Moran, and the easement limits the number of primary residences. Read more.
Trust Receives William Penn Foundation Grant to Advance Watershed Protection
May 8, 2017, Willistown - Willistown Conservation Trust, whose founders have overseen the protection of more than 7,200 acres of open space in the Willistown area since 1979, has received a two-year $410,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to increase its capacity for watershed protection. Read more.
New Plan to Boost Conservation and Protection of Open Space in Pennslyvania
September 28, 2016, Harrisburg - Bipartisan legislation to create a Growing Greener III program and provide $315 million in annual investments to protect the state’s water, land and other natural resources was introduced in the commonwealth capital of Harrisburg today. Read more.
Igniting Fascination Through Birdscaping
August 24, 2016, Willistown - Blake Goll, Nature Education Cordinator, was published in the September 2016 County Lines Magazine for her piece, "Igniting Fascination Through Birdscaping." Read more | Country Lines Magazine Article.
25 Additional Acres Protected Near Kirkwood Preserve
June 16, 2016, Willistown - David and Therese Rawson donated a conservation easement to the Trust which protects their entire 25-acre property. Located along the southeast border of Willistown Township, the property abuts hundreds of conserved acres, extending the contiguous area of protected land near the Trust's 83-acre Kirkwood Preserve. Read more.
Chester County Hits 'Odometer Moment' With Open Space
January 30, 2016, West Chester - Chester County’s open space odometer has rolled over. As of Dec. 1, 2015, the county government had used taxpayer funds set aside for open space preservation to keep 49,899 acres of land free from development. Read more | Daily Local News Article.
$8.55M Raised towards $10.5M Willistown Countryside Forever Campaign
January 25, 2016, Willistown - The Trust is gaining momentum with incredible community support as it nears the completion of its $10.55M capital campaign, Willistown Countryside Forever - A Campaign for Land, People and Nature. The campaign will ensure the future of the remarkable Willistown countryside. Read more.
Rushton Conservation Center Planned for 2016
January 15, 2016 - Willistown - A new education and research building at Rushton Woods Preserve is planned for construction beginning in 2016. The Rushton Conservation Center will serve as a gathering place and indoor classroom and research facility for the Trust's Community Farm, Bird Conservation, and Habitat Restoration Programs. Read more.
Rushton Woods Preserve Selected for Penn Bioblitz
June 4, 2015, Willistown - This weekend, Heather Kostick, a master of environmental studies candidate, will manage a team of at least 40 individuals in a “bioblitz” at the Willistown Conservation Trust’s Rushton Woods Preserve in Malvern, Pa. Read more | Penn Current Article.