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POSTED MAY 22, 2020

Chester County emergency services needs your input.  They are developing a Strategic Plan for the future delivery of Fire and Emergency Medical Services throughout Chester County.

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The Kelsall Road Dirt & Gravel Road project has officially begun.  The road will have closures through the 2020 Summer
Posted March 20, 2020

As recommended by Chester County, The Newlin Township Board of Supervisors have officially Declared COVID-19 as a Disaster Emergency.

Conservation movement soars in Chester County

NEWLIN—Buck & Doe Trust, an advocacy conservation nonprofit 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, 40 acres, located in West Bradford Township. Of the land preserved within West Bradford, half is composed of lush forest.

During a recent event in Newlin Township, Buck & Doe Trust honored landowners Jim Tupitza and Harriett Tupitza for their recent preservation endeavor. 

Jim Tupitza told the Daily Local News the land was preserved in July. His wife, Harriett, grew up in the house where the couple lives today, on the property.

The original portion of the building was constructed in 1750, he said, adding that his wife's family acquired the estate, a working farm, during the mid-1800s. Around 1860, her family transformed the farmhouse into a Victorian homestead. Tupitza said part of the reasoning for preserving the property was to honor his wife's family legacy, especially her mother.

"If we don't draw a line at our property, our property will be developed," Tupitza said.

Although 182 acres have been eased thanks to the goodwill of the Tupitza couple, he said it is difficult to preserve land when people try to do this on their own.

'You can't do it own your own," he said.

“The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) was thrilled to work with Jim and Harriett to preserve her family’s land in perpetuity and protect the agricultural nature of Chester County," said Abbie Kessler, preservation director of TLC. "Repeatedly through the years, county residents have made the point that open space protection is a priority. This is something TLC and all area land trusts work to make happen, but it is the willing landowners like Jim and Harriett that help ensure this priority is met.”

The easement was accomplished in partnership with the Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board with funding from the county and via the Federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kessler said.

She added, "TLC worked with the family throughout the process and secured the federal funding to match the county funding." Kessler said as the property spans both Newlin and West Bradford townships, both municipalities contributed funds toward the transaction costs that allowed TLC and the Chester County to complete the project.

Tupitza said his favorite place on his and his wife's property is the site of a beautiful poplar tree called Harriett's Tree. He also loves to walk in the woods. The estate, composed of nearly 200 acres with now 182 preserved, is located off Star Gazer Road.

It is a working farm, and Tupitza said in the spring, the farmstead will begin planting corn on 60 acres.

Local advocates

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.

The advocacy group recognized the Tupitza family via its Pass the Buck award, a bronze statue that was entrusted to the couple and which is continuously passed along to different landowners who preserve their properties. On Jan. 30, Buck & Doe Trust board members officially hung a painting of a buck by artist Mamie Duff, at Foxy Loxy in Unionville. It is also a part of the Pass the Buck award.

“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.”

McKenna said, "This award is in honor of Frolic Weymouth, fellow supporters and eased landowners for their foresight and efforts into the land conservation movement. 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.”

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 said. 

“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.

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

In addition to the TLC, leaders in the area’s conservation movement include Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands and the Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Chester County.

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

Benefits of land preservation

“The benefits of conservation easements are numerous,” said Janet Sidewater, chairwoman of the Newlin Township Open Space Committee. She also serves the Buck & Doe Trust as its director.

Sidewater outlined several wins people gain via the conservation of open space.

1. Enables landowners to protect their land forever.

2. Conserves the environment and enhances the community’s quality of life.

3. Protects farmland soils, water resources, threatened or endangered species, mature woodlands, historic resources and the landscapes that surround them.

4. Allows landowners an opportunity to preserve their land and possibly gain financial benefits in the form of reduced taxes and in some circumstances, direct compensation.

“Of the 7,747 acres in Newlin Township, approximately 68 percent of the township is under some kind of conservation easement,” said Sidewater citing the biennial report prepared by the Chester County Planning Commission’s Open Space Inventory.

In addition to Kessler from the TLC, Geoff Shellington from the Chester County Farmland Preservation Program worked to secure the Tupitza easement, according to Sidewater.

“It is so very apparent that preserving open space and protecting our natural resources is a priority for the people who reside in our area,” she said.

Chester County’s robust open space programs, Sidewater said, working in tandem with the area's conservation organizations and municipalities are the key ingredients to this success.

For more information, visit the websites of Brandywine ConservancyNatural LandsThe Land Conservancy of Chester County and the Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Chester County.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

There is a new invasive insect in southeastern Pennsylvania, Lycorma delilcatula, commonly known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF). This insect has the potential to be harmful to grapevines, hops, tree fruit, and trees. To try to limit the spread of SLF, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has established a quarantine order in counties where SLF already exists.  All residents and businesses must comply with the regulations. PDA has the authority to fine anyone who willfully violates the quarantine order.

Learn about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), and what action you can take to stop the spread of this invasive insect that is threatening the northeastern United States, especially southeastern Pennsylvania.

You can contact the Township office 610-486-1141 or email Or you can call the Penn State hotline at 1-888-422-3359 with questions on spotted lanternfly management or to report a sighting. You may also report a spotted lanternfly sighting from the Penn State website.
Posted April 5, 2019


April 2, 2019


Brandywine Creek Road to Close for Restoration, Stabilization Project in Newlin Township, Chester County

King of Prussia, PA – Brandywine Creek Road is scheduled to close in both directions between Green Valley Road and Powell Road on Monday, April 15 for the start of work to stabilize, restore and improve flood-damaged sections of the highway in Newlin Township, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. Brandywine Creek Road has been closed to westbound traffic since March 2017 due to the instability of slope areas along the highway located near the West Branch of Brandywine Creek.


During construction, westbound and eastbound motorists will use Route 162 (Embreeville Road/Telegraph Road) and Strasburg Road to access Brandywine Creek Road. The closure will be in place through the end of construction scheduled in summer 2020.


Under this project, PennDOT’s contractor will install a retaining wall along failed slope areas; reconstruct and protect the streambank; and restore the existing pavement and guiderail along Brandywine Creek Road.


This project also includes the reconstruction of flood-damaged sections of Balligomingo Road in West Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County, which began last month. The contractor will stabilize the failure areas by installing rock protection and a retaining wall; install new drainage systems to properly carry roadside and slope runoff to nearby Gulph Creek; and mill and pave Balligomingo Road.


A planned detour has been in place since the 2015 closure, therefore this operation will not impact local traffic further. Construction on this project is expected to be completed in spring 2020.


Road-Con Inc. of West Chester, Chester County is the general contractor on the $5,616,723 project. Construction on Brandywine Creek Road is being financed with 100 percent state funds, while work on Balligomingo Road is being financed with 100 percent federal funds.


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