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From left: Benjamin and Henry Hillebrand, farm family. Standing: Margaret Hull, conservation district board; commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Eric Johnson, conservation district staff; Thomas Hillebrand; Jennifer Matthews; Michael Hillebrand; Megan Marion and Scott Marion, farm family; Jerry Stiles, conservation district staff; Douglas Wolfgang, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Larry Seymour, conservation district board; Mary Liz Donato, the county’s planning & economic development staff; and commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners were joined recently by conservation district officials, farm owners and other dignitaries for a ceremony to mark the preservation of more than 5,000 acres of productive agricultural land in Scott Township. The parcel protected is on the Hillebrand family’s Edgewood Farm and is part of the county’s land preservation program.