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Sean Kenny, Executive Director, Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County
About the Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County –The idea to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, land preservation organization began with a few citizens being concerned with the changes occurring in York County. The changes being seen prior to 1990 were congested streets, rising school and property taxes, scattered large developments without infrastructure, expanding sewer capacity, larger (or new) school buildings needed to accommodate the increasing school population, the loss of open-rural appearance, the loss of character and charm of York County. Thus, in April of 1990, the York County Farmland Trust was created. Later, the name was changed to encompass the need to conserve natural, wooded areas. In 1993, the name was changed to the Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County.
Topic - Sean will discuss the efforts of the Trust to maintain the rural character of York County. In their efforts he will show how this work can be mutually beneficial in the required watershed planning and protection desired and mandated onto municipal governments. The potential for cooperative relationships between this organization and municipal governments will be discussed, as will the potential mutual benefits if partnerships are successful.