GAMBIER — Sunday at the annual Philander Chase Conservancy picnic, Jean Briggs and her family were honored for being the first family to conserve their farm land with the conservancy.
Jean Briggs and her family wanted to preserve their family farm land. With the help of the Agricultural Easement Donation Program, the Briggs family was able to conserve their land with the Philander Chase Conservancy and donated the money from the easement to the conservancy.
“We wanted to preserve the land, didn’t want it to be sold for development,” Jean said. Her daughter, Jane, said that it was something that her father would have wanted.
“We knew something would need to be done with the farm,” Jane said since neither of Jean’s five kids were able to take it over. “We have visited it, our children would like to go back. The new owners of the place allow us to visit whenever we wish to.”
Eric Helt, who spoke at the picnic, said that Jean Briggs, even at 98, is one of the most gracious, selfless and smart women that he knows. Eric Helt said he met Jean at the Harrison Township comprehensive planning meeting about private property rights and they have been great friends since.
Also mentioned were members of the board for their work. Neil Mortine as been working with students to build awareness about conservancy. These students have started a blog post on the conservancy’s new website, www.philanderchase.org.
Jill Schott said, “We have to make sure that the young people care about what the conservancy is doing.”
The conservancy was founded in 2000 and since then has been working with local farmers, property owners, conservation groups, and local and state governments to conserve open space around Gambier.
The rest of this article is available to our subscribers.
Do your part to support local journalism
Subscribe to our e-edition to read this and many other articles written by your neighbors.