About the Agricultural Land Preservation Board (ALPB)

The ALPB was established in 1989 by the Chester County Board of Commissioners to administer the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, as created through PA Act 43, P.L. 128, No. 43, the Agricultural Security Area Law, as amended.

The ALPB is a nine-member board appointed by the Chester County Board of Commissioners. Current board members are: Melba Matthews, chairman; John Diament, vice chairman; Duane Hershey, secretary; Richard Abbott; Amy McKenna; Mark Dunphy; Don Cairns; Bill Covaleski; and Eli Silberman. Thomas Abrahamsen is the solicitor for the board.

If interested in serving on the ALPB, please send a resume and letter of interest to Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation Director, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 390, West Chester, PA 19380.

The ALPB meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except for November and December, when they meet on the 3rd Tuesday) at 2 p.m. at the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. The public is invited to attend and has the opportunity to be heard in the public comment section of the meeting.

ALPB Mission Statement

The Agricultural Land Preservation Board administers the Commonwealth Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program. The easement programs assure preservation of viable agricultural lands in order to protect the agricultural economy and resources of the County.

ALPB 2016 Meeting Schedule

Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road
2 p.m.

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted.
January 26 - Room 170 July 26
February 23 - Room 170 August 23
March 22 - Room 250 September 27
April 26 October 25
May 24 November 15 (third Tuesday)
June 28 December 20 (third Tuesday)

ALPB Meeting Minutes