TRAPPE — Eastern Shore Land Conservancy recently held its fundraising event Party to Preserve at the Wilderness — a "stunning, historically significant, preserved piece of the unique Eastern Shore," a news release states. 

The farm was placed under a conservation easement in 2004, and is owned by the Ravenal family who offered their property to host the event in Trappe.

Nearly 300 people were present as ESLC laid out its vision for the Delmarva Peninsula, the release states. Old and new friends of ESLC demonstrated their support by raising more than $130,000 in critical funds, for the continued preservation and protection of the Eastern Shore’s lands, towns and people.

"All were able to enjoy the beauty of the land, the water, and the people at the Wilderness, with music hanging in the background as food and drinks were served," the release states. 

At the midpoint of the evening, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's president, Rob Etgen, expressed his gratitude for the strong attendance and laid out the organization's Delmarva Oasis initiative aiming to protect 50% of the Delmarva peninisula.

With more than 60,000 acres preserved throughout ESLC's near-30 year history, the Trappe farm is one of hundreds of preserved properties that make a significant difference in saving fertile soils for food production, beautiful landscapes, small towns and the Shore's high quality of life, the release states. 

Without the collective philanthropy of the community on the Shore, preservation of properties like the Wilderness would not be possible, the release states.

"The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy would like to thank all of our partners, our sponsors and guests who helped us celebrate another year of preservation success," the release states. 

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