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Welcome to the 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally!
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John S. Watson, Jr

D&R Greenway Land Trust
Vice President
“Jay” is Vice President of D&R Greenway Land Trust, a Princeton, NJ nonprofit land conservancy working to preserve and restore New Jersey’s landscape.  Prior to coming to the D&R Greenway Land Trust, Jay spent nearly 30 years in various roles in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

At the time of his departure from NJDEP he was the Department’s Deputy Commissioner reporting directly to the Commissioner. He also served as Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources; and led the Green Acres Program which is recognized as a national model for land preservation and park development. With the NJDEP since 1981, he managed projects across New Jersey’s diverse landscape and has played a part in the protection and enhancement of many of its special places.

He represented Governor Jon Corzine on the Delaware River Basin Commission; Co-chaired the New Jersey Invasive Species Council; and he served on the NYNJ Harbor Estuary Program Policy Committee. During his tenure with the Department, Jay has represented the NJDEP Commissioner on the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust Board of Trustees; The Environmental Justice Advisory Council; the State Agricultural Development Committee; The Garden State Preservation Trust and others.

Jay served as Co-Chair for Governor Phil Murphy’s Environmental Transition Team and is currently Co-Chair of newly elected Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora’s Transition Team for Greening, Sustainability, Natural Resources and Recreation.

Jay graduated from Mercer County Community College, NJ, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida.