Agricultural Land Preservation Board

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; Don Cairns, Vice Chairman; Duane Hershey, Secretary; John Diament; Richard Abbott; Amy McKenna; Nelson Beam; Bill Covaleski; and Eli Silberman. 

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 2021 Meeting Schedule

Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA
2:00 p.m. 

If you wish to participate via teleconference please call 1-312-626-6799. The meeting access code is: 916 951 7633. Any changes will be duly advertised. 

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted.

January 26 - CANCELED July 27 - Room 250 - CANCELED
February 23 - Teleconference August 24 - Room 250
March 23 - Teleconference September 28 - CANCELED
April 27 - Teleconference October 26 - Room 250
May 25 - Room 250 November 16 (third Tuesday) - Room 250 - CANCELED
June 22 - Room 250 December 14 (second Tuesday) - Room 250 - CANCELED

ALPB Meeting Agendas

December 14, 2021 - No Meeting
November 16, 2021 - No Meeting
October 26, 2021
September 2021 - No Meeting
August 24, 2021

ALPB Meeting Minutes