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Chester County Press

Gwen Lacy to leave TLC post

04/03/2018 02:55PM ● By Richard Gaw

By Richard L. Gaw

Staff Writer

Gwen Lacy, the founding Executive Director of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC), has announced her intention to step down from TLC, effective April 30, 2018, as confirmed by the TLC board of directors.

During her 14-year tenure at TLC, Lacy has been one of Chester County's leading advocates for land conservation, historic preservation, environmental education and stewardship. She began in 2004, as the director of the Kennett Township Land Trust (KTLT), and as KTLT expanded its efforts across the region, Lacy led its transformation into The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, a nationally accredited land trust, in 2010.

Over the past several years, TLC has expanded to include a wide range of outreach and educational activities, and has conserved more than 1,000 acres and created five public nature preserves. Lacy, the TLC board and the TLC staff have leveraged over $15 million for land conservation projects, and raised $4 million in 2017, alone.

In 2015-17, Lacy spearheaded a capital campaign that raised over $1.7 million in cash and in-kind donations to purchase TLC’s new headquarters and create the Chandler Mill Interpretive Center and Nature Preserve, which opened to the public on schedule in December of 2017. The Chandler Mill Bridge, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been preserved next to TLC's Walnut Hill headquarters. The bridge is now a key link in the proposed 12-mile Kennett Greenway.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected].