What is an agricultural conservation easement?
Why would a landowner want to sell an agricultural conservation easement?
State Minimum Criteria
The State Agricultural Land Preservation Board has established minimum eligibility requirements for participation in the farmland preservation program. Farmland tracts must:
Minimum Criteria for 100% Lehigh County, Municipality and/or Non-profit Conservation Organization funded Easement Purchases
The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Board will consider farms that do not meet all of the above State minimum criteria for 100% County funded agricultural easement purchases. The minimum criteria for 100% Lehigh County-Funded Easement Purchases are as follows:
1. The farmland tract must be enrolled in an agricultural security area.
2. The farmland tract must be at least 10 acres of cropland or pasture.
3. Contain at least 40% of soils which are available for agricultural production and are of capability classes I-IV, as defined by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Landowners interested in completing an application can get the application at ALP Forms & Documents
or call the office for an application at 610-338-5680
Applications are accepted year round and farms are selected July 1st of each year.