BDT reminds everyone of the incredible story of preservation in which over 30,000 contiguous acres are preserved in our community. The story begins many, many years ago. The efforts of many individuals, families and organizations have contributed to the impressive achievement of preservation which has provided an outstanding quality of life for today and for the future.
BDT encourages appreciation and community involvement for preservation through a variety of activities listed here.
Prior to the 1980's and the King Ranch Project there were minimal farms under conservation easement. Many of these easements were for steep slopes and wet lands protection, and not the type of easements known today.
During the mid-1980's, the King Ranch Project was formed through the guidance of the Brandywine Conservancy. This provided an important nucleus of 5,400 acres preserved, and included the creation of the 771 acre Laurels Preserve.
Today, the community enjoys over 30,000 contiguous acres which are permanently preserved.
BDT volunteers repurposed the outbuilding in The Laurels for a pilot program. It will be used as interactive learn station complete with info on hydrology, botany, and historical facts in The Laurels. Additionally, BDT restored the Laurels Preserve kiosks.
BDT works closely with all area land trusts on specific projects. We have worked with Natural Lands to help secure funding on the addition of 40 acres to the ChesLen Preserve. And most recently with the Brandywine Conservancy on the 80+ ac Laurels acquisition along with specific restoration, infrastructure projects specifically in The Laurels.
BDT assisted with fundraising for the Laurels Covered Bridges Restoration Project. BDT helped raise $200,000 of the needed $400,000 to complete the project. Matching funds were from the challenge grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and the Helen C. Kleberg Foundation
The entire community is invited to a pancake breakfast at the covered bridge in The Laurels Preserve. It is generally held the 3rd Sunday in May.
Keeping with the original format when founded in 1986, the BDT board members host a special evening for those members who own conserved properties.
Education programs are held focusing on conservation practices. This includes the annual program for the local kids at the Cheshire Hunt camp.
Trash pick ups are organized 4 times a year to clean up the Rt 82 corridor which is the heart of the King Ranch.
Work together with local land trusts such as Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands, ALPB and Red Clay Alliance to support their conservation efforts and events.
As Frolic Weymouth always said..."Let's have fun!".......BDT hosts fun events our
Wear your Conservation Hat party!