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Land Conservancy for South Chester County to merge with Brandywine Red Clay Alliance – Daily Local

AVONDALE – The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) and Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC) have announced their intention to merge. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to occur before the end of April 2022, TLC will be merged with BRC.

“It’s really an example of one plus one equals three,” said Ed Camelli, chairman of The Land Conservancy for the Southern Chester County Board of Trustees. “Collectively, BRC and TLC have over 100 years of experience protecting the environment, preserving thousands of acres of open space and establishing miles of trails, cleaning and maintaining miles of waterways. and trained thousands of young people to be stewards of the earth. By combining resources, more land will be preserved, more waterways will be protected and more children will be educated.

“TLC and BRC are natural collaborators with a shared vision for our region,” said Andrew Homsey, Chairman of the Board of Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. “We look forward to joining forces to create an even stronger organization with strong education and environmental stewardship programs.”

BRC will assume all obligations and commitments that TLC has to landowners and municipalities regarding land protection, educational programs and stewardship work.

Founded as Kennett Township Land Trust in 1995, TLC initially focused on preserving open space in Kennett Township. As TLC became more involved in land preservation in other townships, TLC became an autonomous 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011, working with landowners, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations in South Chester County.

Based in the 45-acre Chandler Mill Nature Preserve in Kennett Township, TLC operates five public preserves in Kennett and Elk Townships totaling over 500 acres. TLC currently holds 35 conservation easements over 1,000 acres in seven townships.

In 2011, TLC was granted accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a national organization that applies Land Trust Alliance standards and practices in land governance and preservation. TLC operates as an accredited land trust, assuring landowners and municipalities that working with The C will result in land conservation in perpetuity. As part of the merger, BRC is pursuing accreditation, ensuring that all projects will continue to be managed as TLC has done for over 20 years.

Since its founding, TLC has focused on establishing conservation corridors, protecting historic sites, providing walkable communities through trail connections, and offering environmental education and awareness programs for residents. professionals, students and members of underserved communities. These programs provide a practical and meaningful interaction with the earth that not only nurtures our bodies, but also nurtures our health, creativity, and spirit.

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, originally founded as the Brandywine Valley Association, was formed in 1945 by a group of local citizens from the West Chester and Wilmington areas who were concerned about water quality in their community. Seven years later, in 1952, the Red Clay Valley Association followed in his footsteps, and in 2015 the Brandywine Valley Association and the Red Clay Valley Association merged to form the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

The BRC’s mission is to promote the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of the natural resources of the Brandywine and Red Clay watersheds through education, science, environmental stewardship and advocacy.

The BRC’s headquarters at the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center in Pocopson is home to equestrian trails, nine miles of hiking trails and the 19th-century Browning Barn, which serves more than 13,000 students a year as part of the school’s school programs. environmental education and ever-popular summer camp.

BRC’s goal is a three-pronged mission: to ensure that local waterways are drinkable, swimmable and fishable; initiate and educate young people about their natural environment and preserve and protect natural areas for the highest level of biodiversity while maintaining public access.

Land preservation is an important strategy at BRC to protect open spaces to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. BRC has been a partner in many land preservation projects and owns 542 acres. BRC currently holds seven 210-acre conservation easements in Pocopson Township.

BRC manages its land to include active agriculture and natural areas for the greatest wildlife biodiversity. A conservation plan for properties includes soil conservation practices, planting grasslands, planting riparian buffer trees, and managing invasive plants.

Watershed Conservation Programs protect and improve water quality in the Brandywine and Red Clay watersheds in Chester County and New Castle County, Delaware. Under the Red Streams Blue program, BRC focuses on sub-watersheds with an aggregated approach to addressing sediment and nutrient pollution in streams. In 2010, BRC launched eight watershed restoration plans and carried out 26 projects on more than six miles of waterways.