Program Milestones

1989-2021 - York County Ag Land Preservation Milestones

June 1989 – Ag Land Preserve Board first assembled

February 1990 - York County Commissioners appointed first Ag Land Preserve Bd

May 1990 – York Ag Land Preserve Board hired first staff person

August 1990 - York County Ag Conservation Easement (ACE) Purchase Program is approved by the PA Ag Land Preservation Board / County program receives our first applications (63) which are evaluated and ranked

January 1991 - First applications are selected and appraised for preservation

December 18, 1991 - First easement purchase acquired in Fawn Township

August 1995 – Recognized by York County Conservation District as “Outstanding Cooperating Agency”

December 1996 - First re-certification of the York County ACE Purchase Program

Summer 1996 - First Federal Farmland Protection Program (FRPP) Funds allocated to York County through the Federal Farm Bill

July 1997 - York County ACE Purchase Program preserves 10,000 acres

December 1997 - First Cooperative effort of York Farmland Trust and YCALPB to preserve the Harold Eichelberger farm

February 2000 - York County Planning Commission publishes "York County Agricultural Preservation" - YC Comprehensive Plan Resource Report. Cites recommendations for protecting York's farmland resources through ACE purchase

March 22, 2000 – York County Planning Commission recognizes the York County Ag Conservation Easement Purchase Program with the preservation of 17,992 acres 

June 2001 - Cooperative Agreement signed with York County Conservation District, USDA-NRCS and the YCALPB relating to conservation training of preservation staff

Spring 2002 - Farmland Trust and YCALPB launch first joint marketing effort through the York Foundation Anderson Fund / Land Trust Alliance ( “Peaches” Brochure  &  Public Meetings)

April 2003 - Farmland Trust and YCALPB complete the preservation of the 615 acre farm of Mary Swann & Josh Brumfield in cooperation with the PDA, PA Game Commission and DCNR Grants

September 2003 - YCALPB Easement Program preserves 25,000 farmland acres

October 2006 - YCALPB celebrates the preservation of 30,000 acres

December 2009 - YCALPB notes $ 1,155,764 received by York farmers through the USDA - Federal Farm Bill, "Farm & Ranchland Protection Program" since 1996.

2010 - YCALPB learns York's ACE program is 3rd in PA and 8th in Nation for acres of farmland preserved & YCALPB marks a preservation total with 240 farms on 37,654 acres.

January 2011 - YCALPB evaluates a record 101 applications covering over 9,000 acres of productive farmland.

February 2011 YCALPB marks $63,601,421.00 spent by the County of York, the Commonwealth of PA, and the USDA-NRCS to purchase ag conservation easements.

March 2011 - YCALPB receives preliminary approval for $ 935,502 in FRPP funds bringing the total FRPP funding received by York farmers to $2,091,266.00

March 2011 - YCALPB begins discussions with York County Commissioners to explore a long term funding source for York County farmland preservation efforts.

December 2011 - York County Ag Conservation Easement Program receives approval by York County Commissioners and PA Ag Land Preservation Board for the required 7 Year Review and Recertification

March 2012 – Recognized by the York County Ag Business Council as recipient of the “Agricultural Industry Award”

July 2012 - County Commissioner’s and YCALPB approve the York County Easement Donation Program

December 2012 – YCALPB preserved its first Donated Easement, owned by Casey & Sally Barnes in York Township

October 16, 2014 - PDA- Pennsylvania Ag Land Preservation Board and Pennsylvania celebrate at Flinchbaugh Farm Market the 500,000 acre milestone of farmland preserved in Pennsylvania, hosted by YCALPB and County Officials

April 17, 2015 – YCALPB preserves 40,122 acres of productive farmland

August 9, 2018 - York County Ag Conservation Easement Program receives approval by the PA Ag Land Preservation Board for the required 7 Year Review and Recertification, with December 12, 2019 amendments to follow

January 27, 2019 – York County Ag Land Preservation Office moves after 30 years to new office location at the 2401 Pleasant Valley Road Facility in York PA

December 2019 - York County Commissioners approve the dedication of 0.1 mill  annual tax revenue for the protection and preservation of ag lands and open space


" Treat the Earth well - it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children".

~ Ancient Indian Proverb