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Friday, March 17 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Targeting Land Conservation and Stewardship for Water Quality

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The 2016 update to Sussex County’s Open Space and Recreation Plan assesses existing public lands and open space to prioritize and implement land stewardship and preservation initiatives.  This GIS mapping and modeling project identifies strategic opportunities to enhance the water resource benefits to the land, and offers a targeted, site specific action program for acquisition and management.  Projects are identified to protect water resources, expand existing parklands, natural areas and trails in the county.  Using updated mapping and technology tools, the Plan Update inventories currently protected open space and developed a series of maps to identify priority areas for conservation and restoration built upon scientifically based water quality metrics and local priorities for land protection. The mapping analysis offers the County the ability to analyze the properties based on unique water resources and/or water resource attributes.

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Barbara Heskins Davis

Vice President Programs, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
Barbara Heskins Davis, PP, AICP, Vice President Programs at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, spearheaded their application for accreditation in 2009.  She supervises completion of land conservation plans for local communities and their municipal open space advising services program.  Barbara received her Bachelor in Biology and English from Franklin and Marshall College, and earned her Masters of Environmental Management in Water and Air... Read More →
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William Rawlyk

Middle Atlantic Field Coordinator, Open Space Institute
Bill Rawlyk is the Mid-Atlantic Field Coordinator for the Open Space Institute.  He joined the Institute in 2011 and initially worked on their New Jersey-New York Bayshore-Highlands Program.  Bill serves as the primary liaison to land trust organizations working with the William Penn Foundation through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI).  Prior to working at the Institute, Bill served as the Director of Land... Read More →

Nathaniel Sajdak

Watershed Director, Sussex County MUA - Wallkill River Watershed Management Group
Nathaniel Sajdak is the Watershed Director for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.  Recognized as the 2014 Young Business Leader of the Year by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Nathaniel leads the Authority’s education and outreach program.  Specializing in partnerships and collaboration, Nathaniel has achieved success focusing on the restoration of the riparian corridor... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Brunswick Ballroom A Lower Level