Program Milestones

1989-2015 - Program Milestones

June 1989 - Board first assembled

February 1990 - Board formally appointed by York County Commissioners

May 1990 - Staff is hired

August 1990 - York County Easement Program is approved by the State Ag Land Preservation Board / First (63) applications are evaluated and ranked

January 1991 - First applications are selected and appraised for preservation

December 1991 - First easement purchase acquired

December 1996 - First re-certification of the county easement program

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

July 1997 - York County Easement 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

June 2001 - Cooperative Agreement signed with York County Conservation District, USDA-NRCS and the YCALPB

Spring 2002 - Farmland Trust and YCALPB launch first joint marketing effort through the York Foundation Anderson Fund / Land Trust Alliance (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 notes preservation total includes 240 farms on 37,654 acres.

2010 - YCALPB notes preservation total includes 240 farms on 37,654 acres.

January 2011 - YCALPB evaluates a record 9,827 acres of productive farmland.

February 2011 marks $63,601,421 spent by York County, Commonwealth, and USDA-NRCS for ag conservation easement purchases.

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.

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 7 Year Review and Recertification

March 2012- YCALPB received from the York County Ag Business Council the Ag Industry Award

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

December 2012 – YCALPB preserved its first Donated Easement

December 2013 – YCALPB preserves second Donated Easement

October 16, 2014 - PDA- State Ag Land Preserve Board and Pennsylvania celebrate at Flinchbaugh Farm Market – 500,000 acres of farmland preserved
December 2014 – YCALPB preserves two additional Donated Easements

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

" 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