Lancaster Farmland Trust is pleased to announce the following officers for 2016:
Chair: Caroline S. Morton
Vice Chair: Larry Shirk
Treasurer: Dara C. Bachman, Esq.
Secretary: David Breniser
The Trust also welcomes new members Dick Lundgren and David Miller to the board of trustees. Dick Lundgren currently serves as President of Peirson Properties, a real estate consulting company. His background includes experience in real estate, land use and planning, and land conservation.
“In the summer of 2014, I decided to move from Boston to Lancaster County to experience the county’s unique agricultural landscape and its magnificent stone barns,” explained Lundgren. “Having been a land conservationist in Massachusetts, I was particularly interested in becoming involved with the Lancaster Farmland Trust.  Now having joined the board on January 1st of this year, I am looking forward, with great interest and anticipation, to the opportunity of working on its outstanding farmland preservation program.”
 David Miller has been involved in land use, planning and environmental issues for over 40 years. Miller recently sold his landscape architecture and civil engineering firm. “Through my professional career and my personal experience as a Lancaster County native, I have come to recognize the role of land preservation as a tool in protecting our natural and cultural resources,” Miller said. “Lancaster Farmland Trust plays a unique role in its ability to benefit land owners and the community at large. I am honored to have been asked to serve and look forward to contributing to the ongoing efforts of the Trust.”
Caroline Morton, incoming chair of the Trust commented, “We are delighted to welcome Dick Lundgren and Dave Miller to the board of trustees at Lancaster Farmland Trust. They both bring a broad range of valuable skills and experience to the organization and we are excited that they have chosen to donate their time and talents to the Trust.”
“The organization looks forward to meeting the challenges ahead with a clear vision, an exceptional staff and a dedicated board of trustees. In partnership with the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board, more farms have been preserved in Lancaster County than any other county in the nation — over 100,000 acres!  However, support is needed now more than ever to prevent the loss of farms. To protect Lancaster County’s productive farmland, quality of life, and cultural heritage, we need to preserve at least another 100,000 acres or more. The responsibility to preserve, protect and steward the most productive farms in the country require the best efforts from Lancaster Farmland Trust as well as the support from all of us as a community who treasure Lancaster County’s unique farming heritage, Morton added.”
To date, the Trust has preserved 463 farms and over 28,000 acres of farmland.