Protected Open Space Maps


This web page, maintained by the Chester County Planning Commission, provides mapping, data sheets, and other information and resources that document the various types of open space protected in Chester County.

This map, produced by the Chester County Planning Commission, shows Protected Open Space as of December 31, 2019. The Chester County Planning Commission defines Protected Open Space as "Land and water areas that have little or no development; are used for recreation or preserving cultural or natural resources, including productive agricultural soils; and are protected either permanently or on a long term basis."

Farmland provides the foundation for Chester County’s top industry - agriculture. Farmland also provides food, wildlife habitat, is a defining element of our visual identity, and is a social and cultural cornerstone for many communities. For over 25 years, Chester County has partnered with farmers and private nonprofit conservation organizations, as well as federal, state, and local government to permanently preserve over 400 of its most productive, well-managed farms. There are so many inspiring stories of hard work, sacrifice, and deep roots in the community and connection to the land that we wanted to take a step beyond the usual data charts and tables by posting some pictures. Every picture tells a story and we look forward to sharing more as time permits. In the meantime, please click the link above to virtually visit preserved farms throughout the County. We hope you enjoy the view.