History

 

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Eden Hill Conservancy, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1995 by Bill and Marie Riley to create a local organization that could dedicate itself to preserving, studying, and educating the community about Eden Hill.

The Rileys, conservation-minded landowners who had developed their 113-acre tree farm, Irish Pines Tree Farm, into a preserve for nature study, , sought an organization to assist them in protecting their property for future generations. 

Unable to identify an area conservancy familiar with the unique values and traditions of Eden Hill, the Rileys established the Eden Hill Conservancy for this purpose.  The organization has been active in the Eden Hill area since that time, particularly in the areas of education and land conservation.  

At the Conservancy’s founding, the Rileys donated a conservation easement to the group for Irish Pines Tree Farm.  Conservation easements are valuable tools for preserving land for future generations of family and the community.  This conservation easement allowed the Riley family to retain ownership of their land, while placing restrictions on its future development that reflected their vision and wishes for the property.  The Eden Hill Conservancy continues to hold the conservation easement for Irish Pines Tree Farm and monitors the easement today.  
 
Bill Riley served as founding board member of Eden Hill Conservancy up until the time of his death in 2007 at age 89.  His wife, Marie, was an active contributor to the group up until the time of her death in 2010 at age 91.

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