Gary Weller's Land
The farm on the tract of conserved land. The Stone Roll, where stones were
once rolled to the quarry below is on the top of the facing hill.
Gary Weller's family grew up living off the land...farming, logging for the sawmill, mining rocks for building and landscaping. He respects the land, views it from different sides of a prism. Areas need to be set aside and preserved. Other areas are best used to advance economic growth and a vibrant community.
The 22 plus acre property is heavily wooded with poplar. During his great grandfather's time it was fields that Gary helped to farm. The terms of the conservation easement allowed building one house at a defined location in Pike Township, restrictions to clearing up the area and no further subdivision.
An ancient tree with a spring.
Rows of long stone walls that defined the fields remain. Gary likes these woods in Spring and Fall. The winter is nice too.
He enjoys the wildlife and the special quietness.
A gas pipeline cuts through the property
and can be seen easily.
Wilhelm Roscher had approached him when this piece of the Roscher estate was for sale, seeking a buyer with interest in preserving the land. Gary did not want to see multiple development either. He and another neighbor each bought part of the property and each preserved his part.
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Story by Lorah Hopkins.
Seventy eight acres of the eighty five acre farm are preserved by an agricultural easement through the Berks County Natural Land, Farmland and Open Space Conservation Program. Pike Township received funding for easement purchase.
The fields are leased to an Oley farmer and a sheep pasture is rented to a neighbor.
Gary's favorite place is high on a hill overlooking the sweeping valley of Oysterdale.
He admires Teddy Roosevelt for setting up the original national park lands.
Many Rolling Rock Building Stone customers say, "Wow, this is like taking a ride back in time!" when they visit. Gary has no regrets conserving his land.