NEWLIN—Buck & Doe Trust, an advocacy conservation charity dedicated to preserving open space, recently celebrated the easement of 182 acres.

The majority of the property is located in Newlin Township with a portion also located in West Bradford Township.

During a celebratory event held at Foxy Loxy in the Unionville section of East Marlborough Township, the conservation group showcased painting and entrusted a bronze award to landowners Jim Tupitza and Harriett Tupitza, responsible for the recent preservation of 182 acres in Newlin and West Bradford townships.

The award, known as Pass the Buck, is continuously passed along to landowners who preserve their properties. 

“It is given to those members of the community which have either eased their properties or who have made significant contributions to the conservation efforts in the community,” said Amy McKenna, president of Buck & Doe Trust. “Our community is now part of over 27,000 contiguous acres which are permanently preserved.”

“This award is in honor of Frolic Weymouth, fellow supporters and eased landowners for their foresight and efforts into the land conservation movement,” said McKenna. “This is a perpetual award for a newly eased landowner or deserving recipient meant to be passed to the next recipient signifying the preservation of additional lands and our community for the generations.”

The award travels through the community as it is passed on to the next recipient, McKenna explained. Also during the celebration, Buck & Doe Trust members highlighted a painting by Mamie Duff, which hangs at Foxy Loxy and is also part of the award process. The painting hangs at Foxy Loxy, a local favorite ice cream parlor and coffee shop in the center of Unionville on Route 82. Foxy Loxy was founded by the late Jerry Brown and run alongside his wife, Cookie.

“Their daughter, Tina Brown, is continuing the tradition of Foxy Loxy being a communal hub for great ice cream but also historical and informative lectures about the area,” McKenna said.

Landowners and land trusts are the main driving forces in Chester County to preserve open space, McKenna said.

Leaders in the area’s conservation movement include Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands, The Land Conservancy of Chester County and the Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Chester County.

These land conservancies, McKenna said, work directly with the landowner to place conservation easements on the properties. Additionally, many local townships are becoming more involved in the conservation movement with the establishment and expansion of municipal-based open space programs.

“Once open space is gone, it is gone forever,” according to the Newlin Township website on its open space page. “The Newlin Township Open Space Committee’s main purpose is to assess the preservation opportunities based on location, acreage, vulnerability, natural features, historical aspects and contiguity to existing preserved land and make recommendations to township supervisors with regard to the expenditure of open space funds.

“Another vital role is to educate township residents and property owners about the value of preserving open space and the opportunities that are available.”

Founders created Buck & Doe Trust, a nonprofit established in 1984, to bring people together with a common interest in protecting their countryside.

“This still rings true today,” McKenna said. The Trust “evolved out of the original Brandywine Conservancy’s King Ranch project which originally preserved approximately 5,400 acres just outside Unionville. This effort has been hailed as an important nucleus to the preservation in the area.”

Conservation and preservation begins with the individual landowner, McKenna stated.

“The Buck & Doe Trust is a supportive arm, when needed, to this conservation process as they work with the individual landowners and the various land conservancies,” McKenna said.

Buck & Doe Trust supports land and water resource conservation. These watersheds include, but are not limited to, the townships of East Fallowfield, West Marlborough, East Marlborough, Highland, Londonderry and Newlin.

For more information, visit the websites of Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands, The Land Conservancy of Chester County and the Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Chester County.

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