Property Acquisitions and the Elevation of a Dedicated Leader Close the Year for Heritage Conservancy

Preservation of 467 Acres and Jeffrey Marshall’s Advancement to President

Doylestown, PA, February 1, 2012: Heritage Conservancy, an accredited not-for-profit conservation organization that specializes in preserving our natural and historic heritage, announced the preservation of 467 acres of land in 2011, while simultaneously announcing the elevation of the Conservancy’s Chief Preservation Officer, Jeffrey Marshall, to President of the organization.

Due to partnerships with federal, state, county and municipal agencies, Heritage Conservancy was able to preserve 467 acres over the last twelve months. Even with the economic challenges of limited public funding, the Conservancy was able to demonstrate its collective abilities to partner with various government entities. Securing funding is the most difficult challenge of land conservation. Heritage Conservancy is continually thankful for the funding support provided by loyal partners.

The year’s successes showcased the efforts of the Conservancy’s Resource Protection service area, which has been led by Jeffrey Marshall for the past 15 years. Mr. Marshall, who celebrated 30 years of service with the organization in 2010, recently assumed a new position as President of Heritage Conservancy. He is the author of several books, including “Farmhouses of Bucks County” and “Barns of Bucks County,” and is a nationally recognized expert in land conservation and historic preservation. As President, he will lead the Conservancy’s principal mission-related initiatives including Lasting Landscapes, historic preservation, land transaction negotiation, and high-level strategic master planning.

“The diligent work of our team consistently affirms our mission of protecting our region’s natural and historic heritage,” said Marshall. “I’m honored to accept the position of President of Heritage Conservancy, and thank the Board of Directors for this vote of confidence. Their enthusiasm and commitment to the Conservancy’s mission over the last many decades has been unrivaled. Our Chairman, Marv Woodall, continues to lead by example, and it is a privilege to work alongside him.”

Mr. Marshall’s advancement places him at the helm of the Conservancy’s management, together with Chief Operating Officer Linda Cacossa, who is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the Conservancy, and Chairman of the Board Marvin Woodall, who has served on the organization’s board for over 18 years. Collectively, these three positions form the Senior Leadership Team, which plans, develops, and establishes organizational policies, objectives and priorities.

“The Conservancy has made great strides in our more than fifty year history, including the perpetual preservation of over 10,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as numerous historically significant structures, including our headquarters at Aldie Mansion,” said Marvin Woodall, Chairman of the Board. “The well deserved elevation of dedicated leader Jeffrey Marshall to President and the appointment of Linda Cacossa to Chief Operating Officer earlier this year has provided a solid foundation upon which we can continue to grow and expand our core mission of protecting and preserving our natural and historic heritage.”

About Heritage Conservancy
Based in Doylestown, PA, Heritage Conservancy is an accredited not-for-profit conservation organization that specializes in open space preservation, planning for sustainable communities, natural resource protection, property stewardship, historic preservation, adaptive reuse of existing structures, wildlife habitat restoration and biodiversity. Through 50+ years of professional land use planning and design; innovative land conservation and historic preservation strategies; public outreach and education; and the application of “best management practices” for property stewardship, the Conservancy has established itself as a acclaimed full-service leader. Its recent national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission affirms Heritage Conservancy’s commitment to excellence, trust and permanence.  Learn more by visiting


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Heritage Conservancy
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