Monday, December 22, 2014

More Bucks farm land is preserved


More farm land is preserved

WRIGHTSTOWN The Bucks County commissioners opened the 66th annual Middletown Grange Fair last week by preserving 266 acres of farm land.

The Hager/Haney property, in Durham Township, features views of Hunterdon, Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and, at 195.89 acres, is the fifth-largest farm preserved since the program began in 1989. The county contributed $881,505 plus settlement charges to the deal.

The commissioners also voted unanimously to preserve the 70.64-acre Wayne and Nancy Tretter Long farm in Plumstead Township. The county contributed $317,888 plus settlement charges to preservation, which is located adjacent to Route 413 in Pipersville. With the Hager/Haney and the Long farm preservations, the county agricultural preservation total stands at 168 farms totaling 14,250 acres. The program goal remains 17,000 acres by the end of 2017. - Inquirer staff

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