In 1997 a group of concerned Bedminster Township residents formed the Land Trust of Bucks County. The founders were motivated by the increasing development pressures on local farmland and natural resources and a desire to assist local townships with their growing open-space programs. They adopted the Standards & Practices of the Land Trust Alliance, the national governing body for land trusts. In the trust’s first year we successfully preserved 6 properties totaling 676 acres.
In 2009, the BLC was renamed the Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy (BRLC) to better reflect the expanding area in which the trust operates. By then, the BRLC had become known as a leader in land preservation throughout the area for its commitment to the protection and preservation of the agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle and the protection of natural resources of Bedminster and the surrounding communities.
In 2008 the Conservancy became an accredited land trust with the Land Trust Alliance and is one of only 350 accredited land trusts in the United States.
In 2016, as the land trust’s growth continued, with over 65% of the trust’s preserved acreage outside of Bedminster, including East Rockhill, Plumstead, Solebury, and Springfield townships, the board of directors realized that the BRLC name did not accurately reflect the area served. Landowners are often confused as to why a “Bedminster organization” was working to preserve land in other townships.
After much deliberation with the board of directors and some past officers of the BRLC, the Board decided to change the name to the Land Trust of Bucks County (LTBC), a name that more accurately reflects the trust’s regional status.
Although our name has changed, the LTBC’s mission remains the same, to preserve and protect our rural landscape and resources so that future generations can continue to enjoy what we live in today. Bucks County is recognized nationally as a scenic and beautiful county. We are proud to continue the timely and important work of land preservation while helping landowners preserve their traditions and relationship with the land.