Support House Bill 2468
Protect Conserved Land from being Seized by Eminent Domain
The preserved historic McCormick farm is at risk of being forever lost. Cumberland Valley School District plans to use the land for a new middle school and athletic fields.
Fortunately, there’s a new bill moving in the Pennsylvania legislature, HB 2468, that will help protect properties like the McCormick farm by requiring a higher level of court approval before land protected with a conservation easement can be taken via eminent domain.
Urge your state representative to support HB 2468! It’s critical that this bill moves quickly to prevent the Cumberland Valley School District from setting a dangerous precedent that could put a target on protected lands across the state.
The first court hearing between Cumberland Valley School District and Natural Lands is scheduled for August 6. This Bill must be fully passed by the PA State House and Senate beforehand.
You may use the following message in your email to your local representative – just highlight, copy and paste to your document/email. For email add subject as House Bill 2468 – Eminent Domain
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Dear Representative/Senator ____________________,
I’m writing as your constituent to urge you to support State House Bill 2468. If passed, it will add provisions to Pennsylvania’s Eminent Domain law requiring a higher level of court approval before land protected with a conservation easement can be taken via eminent domain.
Conservation easements allow landowners to choose to place permanent restrictions on their property and have been a vital tool for protecting natural resources and ensuring clean water for all Pennsylvanians. If the current threat by the Cumberland Valley School District to take the McCormick farm, Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County with a conservation easement succeeds, it would create a dangerous precedent that could put a target on protected lands across the state.
HB2468 would simply set a higher standard – similar to the one already in place for agricultural easements – before eased land could be taken.