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In the mid-1960s, the historic Brandywine Valley in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania faced massive industrial development. The impact in floodplain areas, in particular, would have been devastating to the water supply for numerous communities in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, including the city of Wilmington. Appreciating the need for fast action, a group of local residents bought endangered land at auction and founded the Brandywine Conservancy in 1967. The Conservancy's Environmental Management Center preserves the natural and cultural resources of the area and has been instrumental in permanently protecting more than 40,000 acres of land. Conservation easements, assistance to local governments, historic preservation, and water protection efforts initiated in 1967 remain key elements of the Environmental Management Center's programs today.
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