Land Conservancy of Adams County Proclaims Easement Donation in Freedom Township – Nexus Vista

Press launch authored by Dan Mangan and shared by Land Conservancy of Adams County on June 5, 2024. Photograph courtesy of the Land Conservancy of Adams County. 


The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) has introduced a conservation easement donated by Hugh and Nell Matthews on 37.7 acres of their property in Freedom Township southwest of Gettysburg.

Credit score: Sarah Kipp, Land Conservancy of Adams County

In keeping with LCAC, a conservation easement is a voluntary land safety settlement between a personal landowner and a land belief such because the Land Conservancy. It completely protects the distinctive sources and conservation values discovered on a property – akin to its ecological, scenic, wildlife, or agricultural sources.

The Matthews’ just lately constructed a house on the property they’ve owned for 27 years. Nell refers to her husband as a “tree hoarder” due to his decades-long work to revive pure habitat on the property. “At one time,” she stated, “this parcel had been half of a bigger farm. Like a lot of the land on this space, it had been almost stripped of vegetation and was farmed edge to edge.”

She stated that her husband has planted lots of of bushes on the property, significantly round a small creek on the north facet of the property which flows into Marsh Creek. He additionally maintains one other space as a meadow with 9 acres of native warm-season grasses planted in 2017.

The LCAC easement donation isn’t the Matthews’ first conservation effort. They beforehand positioned roughly 10 acres of land into the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program, and 17 years in the past planted bushes there. The Conservation Reserve Program’s long-term purpose is to re-establish useful land cowl to assist enhance water high quality, stop soil erosion, and cut back lack of wildlife habitat.

The Matthews concluded that “our fundamental targets are preserving some native wildlife, combating invasives, planting wildflowers, enhancing the watershed, and having fun with the aesthetic worth of a small portion of Adams County.”


The Land Conservancy of Adams County is a nonprofit, member-supported land belief accredited by the nationwide Land Belief Alliance’s Land Belief Accreditation Fee. The group’s mission is to protect the agricultural lands and character of Adams County, Pennsylvania. For extra details about the Land Conservancy of Adams County, PreserveAdams.org.

Media Contact: Sarah Kipp ([email protected])

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