Indian Acres Tree Farm Preserved

Indian Acres Tree Farm  Preserved The well known agri-tourism destination, the Indian Acres Tree Farm on Tuckerton Road in Medford and Evesham Townships will be permanently preserved by Burlington County through an easement to allow continued operation while preventing future development.

The owners, Indian Acre Tree Farm, LLC, have accepted the County’s offer of $1.3 million ($8,613 per acre) for the development rights for the 152-acre farm, which is located about 75% in Medford.

The existing agri-tourism operation includes seasonal events such as hayrides and pumpkin picking in the fall and the sale of fresh-cut Christmas trees in the winter.

“Preservation of this high profile farm is especially significant due to its popularity with the public for many agri-tourism activities and the value of keeping this land in the midst of residential areas undeveloped for the enjoyment of present and future generations,” said Freeholder Bill Haines, Jr.

The County will seek reimbursement from the State Agricultural Development Committee for 65% of the easement cost. Medford and Evesham will each contribute a cost share of 20% of the easement value in their township’s portion of the property.

Medford Mayor Lisa Post said, “Indian Acres has been on our target list for a number of years and we’re very happy to be able to work with the County for another successful preservation.” Evesham Mayor Gus Tamburro said, “I am glad to see the Freeholders taking action to preserve farmland in Evesham and we are glad to partner with them in this effort. The fact that we can prevent additional residences, the associated traffic, impact on our schools, and the inevitable sprawl makes this a worthwhile endeavor.”

Nearly 25,000 acres of farmland have been permanently preserved to date in Burlington County via easement and fee-simple acquisitions funded by dedicated County, State, and local preservation taxes and implementation of two local Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Programs.

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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