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Agricultural Land Preservation Program

Agricultural Land Preservation Program

The Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Board was established to administer the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program for the County. The Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ACALPP) purchases agricultural conservation Easements on behalf of Adams County, which restricts and limits the conversion of farmland to nonagricultural use.

Applicants must apply to the Program and are scored through the LESA scoring program. Rounds are open to applicants every other year in even years. The Program Guidelines and documents included in the applications are available below.


The Rural Resource Division of the Adams County Office of Planning & Development is pleased to announce the Round 16 Application Cycle for the Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Program  

The Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Program Round 16 application cycle will be open Monday, April 1, 2024, through Friday, June 7, 2024. Applications for Round 16 will not be accepted prior to April 1, 2024, or after June 7, 2024! (If mailed, must be postmarked by June 7, 2024.) 

Public Informational Meetings will be held on Monday, March 25th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resource Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA.

If you know of anyone in Adams County who would be interested in preserving their land, please pass this information on to them. For more information or assistance, please call the office at 717-337-5859, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click the Application button below to download the Round 16 Application. 




Program Guidelines




  • Locate Forms, Legislation, and assistance related to Agricultural Security Areas (ASAs).


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Ag Preservation Priority Area Map

A process has been developed to identify areas of the County that have a concentration of features that contribute to productive farming areas and protect existing clusters of preserved lands. The map is used as a component of the LESA scoring program.

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Web Map

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Interactive Map of Protected Lands

View the locations of preserved farms, conservation easements, ASAs and other protected lands in Adams County through an interactive web experience.