Ever since the Richland Township Land Preservation Board made a wish list 15 years ago of the properties it would like to see preserved, two properties remained at the top of the list: the Herrmann property and Bonk Farm. Heritage Conservancy preserved the Herrmann Property in late 2018, and is happy to announce the Bonk Farm is now also protected in perpetuity.
The 114-acre Bonk Farm is located in the heart of the largest area of contiguous preserved lands in Richland Township. With its sprawling road frontage, it will forever serve as a reminder of the township’s agricultural history. Since the property consists of flat, quality soil, it could easily have been developed, irreparably altering the beautiful landscape.
“There aren’t that many large properties in Richland Township that can still be protected, so these recent successes mean so much to the community. Visitors and residents alike are going to be able to drive by and appreciate these viewscapes forever,” said Kathy Fedorocsko,cChairwoman of the land preservation board. “We’re appreciative of all of the work that Heritage Conservancy has done to facilitate these conservation easements. The Conservancy lends credibility to what Richland Township is trying to accomplish.”
“The Quakertown Swamp is a vitally important wetland in our community. We are pleased and proud to have worked with the owners and the township in protecting this special place forever,” said Jeff Marshall, President of Heritage Conservancy. “A special thanks goes to Laura Baird of our staff who has worked on this project on and off for over a decade, never giving up because she recognized the importance of these properties.
The Bonk preservation success was made possible thanks in part to funding from the Richland Township Open Space Earned Income Tax and Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. The Calvin Ruth Memorial Fund, a legacy gift left for Heritage Conservancy by a dedicated supporter, contributed gap funding that was needed to help make this preservation happen.