The West Pikeland Land Trust (WPLT) has released a report, “Accomplishments of the West Pikeland Township Open Space Preservation Tax Referendum,” with which the group is celebrating five years of successful land preservation.
Formed in 1999 by the West Pikeland Board of Supervisors, WPLT promotes and facilitates the preservation of open space in the township to protect its natural resources and provide recreational opportunities for the community. Led by a group of citizens, WPLT has worked with local landowners, township officials, county and state governments, and other conservation organizations since that time to preserve a total of 386 acres of open space in West Pikeland.
In November 2007, the township’s first open space referendum was passed. The movement provided a stable source of funding for WPLT and allowed WPLT to be more strategic; to better secure other sources of funding from the county, state, and foundations; and to act quickly when opportunities arose to conserve critical open spaces.
From 2007 through 2012, 149 acres of open space were preserved, 2.2 miles of trail right-of-way were secured for recreation and better health, $1.5 million in land value was donated by landowners who chose to preserve their properties and 273 trees were planted to improve habitats and keep streams clean.
According to a recent study produced by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, open space enhances home values, protects property, filters drinking water, and cleans the air. It also furnishes low- or no-cost recreation that saves money and improves health, creates jobs, and generates state and local tax revenue.
To request a copy of the WPLT’s report or to learn more about the group, individuals may visit www.wplandtrust.org.