How the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program was Established:
Act 43, the Agricultural Area Security Law (Act of June 30, 1981, P.L. 128, No. 43) (3 P.S. §§ 901-915) was enacted in 1981 to allow townships to establish Agricultural Security Areas (ASAs). An ASA conserves, protects, and encourages the development and improvement of agricultural lands for the production of food and other agricultural products. Agricultural Security Areas are regulated by 7 Pa. Code Chapter 138l., the Agricultural Security Area Program.
Act 43 was amended in 1989 to allow counties to create joint Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Programs with the State to purchase agricultural conservation easements. The easements limit the land to agricultural production in perpetuity. ACE Programs are regulated by 7 Pa. Code Chapter 138e., the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program.
On August 3, 1989, the Berks County Board of Commissioners established the Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board by Resolution 393-89, on authority granted to them by Act 43, whose responsibility it is to administer the Berks County Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Program according to Act 43 and 7 Pa. Code Chapter 138e. A copy of Resolution 393-89 is available upon request.