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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Land Resources Conservation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Our mission is the preservation, conservation and stewardship of natural resources, historic sites and open spaces, including important agriculturally productive land and natural areas.

Programs: Land conservation, historic preservation and stewardship. Approximately 915 acres preserved.

tlc offers year-round educational programming and community outreach events. Environmental education programs for children and adults, regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic status take place primarily on our partner preserve, the bucktoe creek preserve. Program offerings include: full moon owls prowls, wild foraging series, drop in on nature, free time adventures in nature, and hawk watch. Workshops and classes on sustainability take place at our new leaf eco center, this is a demonstration site for home composting, bee keeping, and vegetative bio swales. Community outreach fundraising events are held at our stateline woods preserve. Events include our annual run 4 conservation, solstice celebrations, and dog days of summer. Educational outreach and events serve all members of a diverse community. In 2016, tlc hosted 192 program days at bucktoe creek preserve, and over 1,900 participants.

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Rating: 5

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

Review from Guidestar

1 Elsie K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I walk on the Halstead property almost every day. If I don't walk there I walk through the meadow that was part of the Arnold property. All of this is possible because of the work of the Kennett land trust. The trust continues to try to conserve more land so more people can enjoy open space in Kennett Township but is thwarted by overly complex requirements put in place by the township. I joined the board because I believe the minimally paid employees and the volunteer board members wish only to promote open space in our area for us all.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a student at Unionville High School and have been doing my community service with the Land Trust for the past couple weeks. I have had a great experience working here,they are great people with the number 1 goal of keeping Chester County land protected and beautiful.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 1

KTLT is an organization with a great mission of helping to preserve open space in our area. My experience with them, however, has been very disappointing and disturbing. Several members of its leadership have engaged in a campaign of lies and rumors in order to garner sympathy and community support. They have distributed literature divulging personal and private information and making derogatory comments about good people in the community. In addition, I believe they have engaged in misleading fundraising techniques. In 2008 and 2009 they raised a significant amount of money to rehab a building for their offices and advertised it would be a demonstration of green building techniques. The problem was that the building was located in an area zoned residential. The KTLT members knew this but went ahead with plans anyway. When they couldn't get the necessary permits they acted like it was a big suprise. From my understanding, they are now using most of this money on operation expenses, mostly on salaries. As far as I can tell, almost all of the money they raise goes to an inflated payroll. I wouldn't donate a penny to this organization. If you want to support land conservation there are many great organizations that use the money much more efficiently, many with all-volunteer help. I'm usually not harsh or critical, but from my experience the way some in this group have conducted themselves is a disgrace to the conservation community.

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tlc 10/07/2010

The accusations contained in the review posted 4/7/2010 are false and misleading. Our organization welcomes criticism, but when it is based on untruths and intended only to maliciously denigrate our organization, then we must draw the line and speak up. We encourage anyone reading this to contact us directly to learn more about the integrity of our organization. Thanks you.

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tlc 10/19/2010

Also, we'd like to encourage the person who wrote this defamatory review to contact our offices. We'd be happy to set the record straight once and for all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

the Kennett Township Land Trust has been very successful in preserving open space in our township. They have created several nature corridors and walking preserves that have increased the quality of life of our area.