Productive farmland is irreplaceable. Unfortunately, the pressure of development is taking its toll on prime agricultural land throughout Pennsylvania. Once land is lost to non-agricultural use, the possibility of it ever becoming viable farmland again is almost nonexistent.

In 1989, Wayne County recognized the importance of preserving this natural resource and has now acquired over 40 agricultural easements, permanently preserving more than 5,200 acres of farmland.

To apply for a conservation easement, you must have a minimum of 35 acres and meet other certain qualifications.

To learn more about Wayne County’s easement program and to request an application, visit or call Christa Odell, County Administrator at (570) 253-8904 or Ed Pruss, Penn State Extension at (570) 253-4970 ext. 4110.