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 October 31, 2012 - Dauphin County Commissioners Donate to Agricultural Land Preservation Program


HARRISBURG, PA (October 31, 2012) – Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, today donated two agricultural conservation easements for two properties in Londonderry Township on behalf of the Dauphin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
“The high demand for open space for residential and industrial development remains a serious concern for farmers,” said Commissioner Haste who has oversight of the county’s conservation district. “These land grants take care of any industrial development and preserve the land for what it should be, farming.”
Ray and Amy Kennedy along with Dale and Thelma Kennedy each received a check for $100 for two properties totaling 111.6 acres, enabling them to preserve the land. The Dauphin County program operates under the statewide Agricultural Land Preservation Program; these agricultural conservation easements permanently dedicate the use of land to agriculture.
“The troubled economy has impacted almost every industry, and the Pennsylvania’s $4.7 billion agriculture industry is no exception,” said Commissioner Pries. “We recognize the important role that farming plays in our local economy.”
Including the two easements presented today, the Dauphin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program has preserved 1,026 acres of farmland in Londonderry Township and 13,721 acres of farmland in Dauphin County. Statewide the program has preserved 465,953 acres of farmland.
“Reinvesting in our urban core rather than developing open land is central to farmland preservation,” said Commissioner Hartwick.  “We will continue to work with local officials and businesspeople to promote smart growth in this region.”


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