Willistown couple protect 25-acre property

A Willistown Township couple are being hailed as “heroes of the countryside.”

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Rawson Run, a tributary of the Crum Creek, winds through the northwestern border of the Rawsons' 25-acre property

David and Therese Rawson have donated a conservation easement to the Willistown Conservation Trust, which protects their entire 25-acre property. Located along the southeast border of Willistown Township, the property abuts hundreds of conserved acres, extending the contiguous area of protected lands near the trust's 83-acre Kirkwood Preserve, the trust announced on Monday, Aug. 8.

According to the trust, the Rawson property consists of a variety of undisturbed natural features and habitats, including gently rolling grasslands, mixed woodlands of oak, hickory, tulip poplar and beech trees, and 1,000 feet of Rawson Run, an important tributary of the Crum Creek.

The easement restricts future subdivision and building on the property to just one additional secondary residence. Scenic views of the land and ecologically sensitive areas are protected by the easement, as it restricts the location of landscaping and secondary structures, the trust said.

Under the Rawson family's careful stewardship for over 50 years, the conservation easement donation represents the ultimate gesture of love for the land. With it, future generations can be assured that the land will be here essentially in its present state for all to enjoy forever since the easement is attached to the land in perpetuity. So even if the land is sold, future owners must follow the restrictions.

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