Bartakovits Property Preservation
- Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- Open Space Preservation
Nestled on 23 acres on the outskirts of Springtown in the Cooks Creek Watershed, the Bartakovits property affords spectacular views that overlook the rolling foothills and farmland in the area. It provides a diverse habitat for wildlife and includes a portion of Silver Creek, wetlands, meadows and agricultural lands. Because it is adjacent to 112 acres of protected land, placing it under conservation easement makes an important contribution to preserving the rural and scenic quality of this exceptional area.
In 2003, the Bartakovits family asked for Heritage Conservancy’s help in preserving their property, which had been in the family for more than 55 years. The family wanted to ensure that the land would be preserved for future generations but they were not in a position to donate a conservation easement—as with so families, the property was their most significant asset, and they needed the compensation that would result from selling their development rights.
In an attempt to make a conservation easement a viable financial option, Heritage Conservancy applied to several different funding sources and ultimately received grants from the Bucks County Natural Areas Program, Springfield Township and a private foundation. These grants enabled us to purchase a conservation easement that permanently protects the property. Since receiving the funding for the conservation easement, the Bartakovits family has established a trust that will provide for the ongoing maintenance of the property for many years to come.