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The PA Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Purchase Program of Susquehanna County, which is administered by the Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD), has purchased the development rights on the Norman and Betty Reynolds farm located in Bridgewater Township. A perpetual easement placed on this property helps preserve the rural nature of the township and contributes to maintaining a critical agriculture mass in the area. The Reynolds farm is the 22nd farm purchased in Susquehanna County, bringing the total acres preserved to 4,998.
Pictured (l-r) are: back row – Vice Chairman John Benscoter, Commissioner MaryAnn Warren, Ag Preservation Board member Eleanor Kurosky, Tim Reynolds; County Solicitor Raymond Davis; seated – Betty Reynolds and Norman Reynolds.
The original Reynolds farm was established in 1920 by Lee Reynolds, Norman’s Grandfather, and has been an active farm since that time. Norman, Betty and their son Tim currently operate the farm, Tim being the fourth generation. The Reynolds dairy operation currently has 54 mature cows, 58 replacement heifers, 22 calves and 3 bulls.
An agricultural conservation easement is a legal restriction on land development that limits the use of land to agricultural purposes. The application period runs from November 15 through January 15 each year. Applications are ranked according to soil quality, development potential, farmland potential and clustering potential. The highest ranking farm is considered for purchase first. The farm is then appraised to determine the easement value.
For more information, contact Marlene Bailey at (570) 278-1011, Ext. 101.
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