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Friday, March 17
 

8:00am

Check In & Continental Breakfast
Friday March 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Regency Ballroom First Floor

9:00am

Engaging Urban Communities on Sustainability Issues
The panel will present information and case studies on how to engage urban communities on issues around land stewardship, green infrastructure, healthy communities and clean water.  The panel will focus on activities to empower people and show them how they can make a difference.  Examples will be drawn from municipal action teams, environmental commissions, community liaisons and watershed educators on how to educate and activate residents and students around green infrastructure, clean water and sustainability in our urban communities.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Mans

Debbie Mans

Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper
Debbie Mans has been Baykeeper and Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to joining NY/NJ Baykeeper, Debbie was the Environmental and Energy Policy Advisor for Governor Jon S. Corzine. She was also appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey State Planning Commission. Prior to working for the Governor, Debbie was the Policy Director at Baykeeper, a position she held from 2002 through 2006. Debbie is a graduate of The University of... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Principal, MnM Consulting
Nicole Miller is a resident of Newark, member of the Newark Environmental Commission, member of Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green!) and a GI REFORMER, which acts as a ward liaison between Newark DIG and the community to educate and engage residents on green infrastructure.  Nicole is the Principal of MnM Consulting, a branding and communications company which works with corporate, non-profit, and small business clients to help them increase... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Rubinfeld

Carolyn Rubinfeld

Watershed Ambassador, AmeriCorps
Carolyn Rubinfeld is currently the NJWAP Watershed Ambassador for WMA 4, the Lower Passaic and Saddle Watershed, where she offers free educational programs, community engagement opportunities, and training workshops.  She recently finished her Master's in Biology at Montclair State University where she studied American Kestrel breeding success. Carolyn is a dynamic and creative lecturer and dedicated teacher with unparalleled enthusiasm and... Read More →



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

9:00am

How to Make Federal Funding Work for Farmland Preservation
Capitalizing on available funding sources, namely the NRCS-USDA Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program, is essential to meeting the State’s farmland preservation goals. This panel discussion will examine recent amendments to this federal program, difficulties encountered with program administration and opportunities for federal, state, county and non-profit partners to make more efficient use of these funds.

Speakers
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Beth Davisson

Regional Manager, NJ Conservation Foundation
Beth provides consulting services to the Township of Bedminster and to the Borough of Peapack and Gladstone in implementing their open space and farmland preservation goals by coordinating land and conservation easement acquisition projects from inception to completion. Beth also provides land acquisition services to the Tewksbury Land Trust through NJCF’s innovative shared staffing program, which she helped develop and manage between 2000... Read More →
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Lauren Lapczynski

Easement Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Lauren Lapczynski is the Easement Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey. She coordinates easement program acquisitions, assisting landowners and partners to permanently preserve agricultural land and wetland functions and values. Lauren is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and joined NRCS in 2010.
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Cindy Roberts

Preservation Education Specialist, State Agriculture Development Committee
Cindy Roberts is Development and Training Coordinator for the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), the agency that leads New Jersey’s farmland preservation efforts. Cindy identifies educational needs and conducts and oversees training for preservation partners. Prior to that, she was the SADC’s Southern Regional Preservation Program Coordinator. Before joining the SADC, Cindy worked for 13 years for the Trust for Public Land as a... Read More →



Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference Room A Second Floor

9:00am

Partnerships that Advance Community Health
Filomena Machleder will discuss how to partner with the Horizon Foundation to accomplish projects that promote public health.  Leigh Ann Von Hagen will describe an innovative tool, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), used to examine the health impacts on the community. This session will present a case study of an HIA that examined potential health impacts of the Middlesex Greenway Access Plan by identifying how improved access and increased utilization of the trail, located within Metuchen, Edison, and Woodbridge, affect health outcomes.  Ways to empower decision makers to consider health and equity impacts for pedestrians and cyclists will also be discussed.



  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
avatar for Filomena Machleder

Filomena Machleder

Program Officer, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
Filomena Machleder is a Program Officer for The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the charitable giving arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.  She has been with The Foundation since 2012 and is responsible for the review and recommendation of grant proposals, the Matching Gifts Program, the In-Kind Donation Program, the company’s Corporate Citizenship Report, and the planning and execution of signature events such as... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP

Senior Research Manager, Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Leigh Ann Von Hagen is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and a Facilitator for the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  Leigh Ann is a licensed professional planner, both nationally and in New Jersey.
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Robert Takash

President, Edison Greenways Group, Inc.
Robert Takash is the current President of the Non-Profit "Edison Greenways Group" and the 17th year Commissioner of the "Edison Open Space Advisory Committee" and a professional Advisor with the regional YMCA and St. Peter's University Hospital Physical Activity and Nutrition Workgroup.  His volunteer experience has served the Health Communities, Trail Advocacy Activities, Neighborhood Preservation Organizations, Sustainable New Jersey Green... Read More →


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

9:00am

Targeting Land Conservation and Stewardship for Water Quality
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.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Heskins Davis

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 →
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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

9:00am

Young and Emerging Professionals Roundtable

This roundtable is an opportunity for young and/or emerging professionals in land conservation to get to know each other and share common experiences. You will have the opportunity to have breakfast and meet other conservation colleagues at the start of the conference.


Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Garden State Ballroom B First Floor

9:00am

Environmental Due Diligence
Environmental due diligence is an important part of understanding potential environmental risks on a property, securing funding and ensuring that your organization has appropriate liability protections. We will walk through the due diligence process, including Phase 1 and Preliminary Assessments, and discuss areas of concern that are commonly identified on rural and urban land conservation projects. A discussion of case studies will show how environmental problems, such as underground storage tanks, historic pesticide application, farm dumps, and historic fill material can be addressed and when a Licensed Site Remediation Professional needs to be involved.  We will also discuss obtaining funding for remediation on land conservation projects through the NJDEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund and other sources.  This workshop will help you make the right decisions during the due diligence process to protect your organization, public health and the environment.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Kehayes

Stephen Kehayes

Senior Manager, JM Sorge, Inc.
Prior to becoming a Senior Manager with JM Sorge, Steve worked at the NJDEP for over 25 years. He has been involved in the federal and state brownfield programs since their inception. Steve also chaired the Pohatcong Township (Warren County) Environmental Commission and managed a program that was recognized by Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and the SADC for preserving more acres of farmland than any other municipal Planning Incentive... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Slosberg

Michelle Slosberg

Project Manager, JM Sorge, Inc.
Michelle is a Project Manager at JM Sorge, Inc, a New Jersey-based environmental consulting firm. Michelle specializes in all phases of the environmental investigation process from due diligence to remediation and case closure. She has directed completion of many projects through the New Jersey regulatory process. Michelle holds a B.S. from MIT in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science – Environmental Science.
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Peter Sorge

President, JM Sorge, Inc.
Mr. Sorge is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional and President at JM Sorge, Inc. Mr. Sorge consults on assessment, investigation, remediation, and compliance issues to private and public entities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has successfully completed a wide range of projects including environmental assessments, site investigations, remedial investigations, vapor intrusion studies, environmental impact statements, landfill closure... Read More →



Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Garden State Ballroom A First Floor

9:00am

Historic Resources on Preserved Land - Perfect Together?
This session will explore the implications of using public funds to preserve open space containing historic sites, highlighting the challenges and opportunities but most importantly what you need to know BEFORE you purchase. Find out what makes something ‘historic’ and what it means to be listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. Learn what’s new in the coordination between the Green Acres program and the Historic Preservation Office to ensure that historic property is not lost. The panel will also explore a few tools, financial incentives and resources available to help land managers preserve, restore and enhance their historic site. Lastly, examples will be presented where creative re-use has helped to sustain preservation – for both land and buildings.


Approved for APA CM 1.25. 

Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Guzzo

Dorothy Guzzo

Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust
Dorothy Guzzo is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust, an agency affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs.  Ms. Guzzo oversees the administration of the historic preservation matching grant and loan programs. Additionally, the Historic Trust administers a perpetual and term easement program, and encourages heritage tourism through proceeds from the sale of specialty license plates.  Ms. Guzzo has held... Read More →
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Kate Marcopul

Administrator, NJ Historic Preservation Office
Katherine Marcopul is the Administrator of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  She has worked at the NJHPO since 1998 where she has supervised both the Project Review and the National Register and Community Assistance sections of the NJHPO, reviewed projects for impacts to archaeological resources under federal and state law, helped to organize trainings, conferences, and workshops for... Read More →
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Judeth Yeany

Chief, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, NJDEP--Green Acres Program
Judeth Piccinini Yeany, Esq. is Chief of the Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship for the NJDEP’s Green Acres Program.  Ms. Yeany holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University.  She first joined the NJDEP in 1988 and served as a Deputy Attorney General from 1990 to 2000, where she was counsel to the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust.  Ms. Yeany is a former board... Read More →


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

9:00am

Trails in New Jersey
This workshop will  provide a basic overview of the New Jersey Trails Program and the New Jersey Trails Plan, the role of the New Jersey Trails Council, grant opportunities available through the federally-funded Recreational Trails Program and examples of successful Recreational Trails Program projects.   A description of how a regional trails program, the Circuit in Camden, has benefited from these programs will also be discussed.
 

Speakers
avatar for Brandee Chapman

Brandee Chapman

State Trails Coordinator, Recreational Trails Program, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
In 2012, I started my career with the Green Acres Program as an assistant to the State Trails Coordinator for the New Jersey Trails Program, after completing an internship at a non-profit organization focused on environmental restoration and conservation projects. In May of 2015, I was promoted to the position of State Trails Coordinator and charged with managing the New Jersey Trails program -  including a federally-funded grant program... Read More →
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Peter Dolan

NJ Program Coordinator, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Peter holds a degree in biology from Bucknell University and brings a variety of training and skills related to outdoor recreation and education to his job. Peter has led college freshmen on backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail; helped low-performing elementary-age students in California develop skills and confidence by teaching them outdoor survival skills and nature-focused lessons; was trail staff for Wilderness Inquiry in... Read More →
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Bill Foelsch

Chair, Morris Township Parks and Recreation
Bill Foelsch is Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Morris, a residential community of 23,000.  As Director, he manages 18 municipal parks and park preserves, two Olympic- size swimming pools, and oversees an extensive array of recreation programs for the community.  Prior to his service to Morris Township, he was Executive Director of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association for 26 years, managing the... Read More →
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Olivia Glenn

Regional Manager, South Jersey Metro, NJ Conservation Foundation
Olivia joined NJ Conservation Foundation as South Jersey Metro Regional Manager, with an emphasis on Camden.  Prior to that, Olivia worked in a charter school in Camden, and at NJDEP.  Olivia serves on the Pennsauken Environmental Commission and Camden County Open Space Committee.  She was named a Camden County Sustainability Champion and NJ Co-Chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition.  Olivia graduated with honors in the major from Dartmouth... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference Room C Second Floor

9:00am

Resident Stewardship Programs
Outside the boundaries of public land, a vast landscape of stewardship potential exists on private property.  Explore two programs that involve residents as informed stewards working to restore local landscapes. The Private Land Stewardship Program and Sourland Stewards have complementary approaches encompassing native plant restoration, deer management, invasive species removal, wildlife habitat, water management and more. Presenters from Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and the Sourland Conservancy will discuss promoting nature connection, ecological understanding, community, and stewardship through these two grassroots programs.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Van Clef

Michael Van Clef

Stewardship Director, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Mike has a Ph.D. in ecology and 25 years of experience working on the stewardship of rare and invasive species, deer management, restorations, ecological health monitoring, and natural resource policy. He leads the Private Lands Stewardship Program (PLSP), regularly visiting participants and providing advice on topics ranging from native plants, deer management and restorations. The program has 125 participants accounting for 2,800 acres... Read More →
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Caroline Katmann

Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy
Before becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the Sourland Conservancy in 2013, Caroline worked as a teacher, administrator and education consultant for 32 years.  “Sourland Stewards” began under Caroline’s leadership in 2014 and encompasses a variety of initiatives including hikes, “stewardshops” (practical and collaborative workshops on residents’ properties), habitat restoration projects... Read More →
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Jared Rosenbaum

Owner, Wild Ridge Plants, LLC
Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist, native plant grower, and ecological restoration practitioner. He is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, a family business that grows native plants sustainably, from locally collected wild seeds. Jared provides consulting services and teaches classes related to native plant ecology, botany, wild edible and medicinal plants, and ecological restoration. Jared is presenting as the Naturalist Advisor for the... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference Room B Second Floor

10:15am

Break/Exhibits
Please visit exhibitors.  Get a ticket from exhibitors to increase your chances of winning a prize at the end-of-rally social.  Drawing at 4.  You must be present to win. 

Friday March 17, 2017 10:15am - 10:30am
Atrium First Floor

10:30am

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Green Acres: Land Acquisition, Park Development, and Stewardship Funding
Since 1961, the Green Acres Program has been partnering with local government and nonprofits to preserve open space and provide outdoor recreational opportunities throughout New Jersey.  In 2016, the Preserve New Jersey Act was passed to allocate the recreation and conservation funding measure approved by the voters in 2014 .   With this funding, Green Acres will continue to provide loans and grants to counties and municipaltiies and grants to nonprofit organizations for land preservation and park development projects.  Now, however, we can also provide funding for stewardship!  This workshop will provide an overview of the traditional and changing Local and Nonprofit Land Acquisition and Park Development Assistance programs and introduce the new Stewardship Assistance Program.  We will discuss funding available, eligible and ineligible projects, how to apply for grants and loans and what "strings" are attached to Green Acres funding.  The Blue Acres and Tax Exemption programs, both administered by Green Acres, will also be highlighted.

Speakers
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Catherine Elliott-Shaw

Team Leader, NJDEP, Green Acres
Cathy Elliott-Shaw has been with the Department of Environmental Protection since 1989 and with the Green Acres Program for the past sixteen years.  Currently Cathy is the Team Leader for the Urban Acquisition and Statewide Park Development Team.  Outside of work, Cathy is an active member of her municipal Green Team, and very involved with the youth music program at her church.
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Nancy Lawrence

Compliance Officer, NJ DEP Green Acres
Nancy Lawrence has been part of the Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship for the NJDEP’s Green Acres Program since 1999.  Prior to her start at the NJDEP Nancy worked as an environmental consultant.  She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Richard Stockton College.  When not at work Nancy can be found volunteering time at her kid’s school or her church.
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Martha Sapp

Director, Green Acres Program
Martha Sullivan Sapp has been with the Green Acres Program since 1987.  She has served as a Project Manager, Team Leader for the Urban Acquisition and Statewide Park Development Team, Rule Manager, Policy Coordinator, and Bureau Chief of the Local and Nonprofit Assistance Program, before becoming Director.   Martha has a degree from Boston College and is (so far) successfully raising two sons, both of whom enjoy New Jersey’s... Read More →



Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Brunswick Ballroom A Lower Level

10:30am

Improving Water Quality Through Land Use in Developed Areas
Members of the Camden Collaborative Initiative will discuss how their joint efforts in creating green infrastructure and developing a coordinated network of environmental professionals have improved water quality and mitigated stormwater flooding in Camden, New Jersey.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   

Speakers
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Danielle Denk

Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land
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Olivia Glenn

Regional Manager, South Jersey Metro, NJ Conservation Foundation
Olivia joined NJ Conservation Foundation as South Jersey Metro Regional Manager, with an emphasis on Camden.  Prior to that, Olivia worked in a charter school in Camden, and at NJDEP.  Olivia serves on the Pennsauken Environmental Commission and Camden County Open Space Committee.  She was named a Camden County Sustainability Champion and NJ Co-Chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition.  Olivia graduated with honors in the major from Dartmouth... Read More →
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Andrew Kricun

Executive Director, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Andy Kricun is Executive Director/Chief Engineer of Camden County MUA, a wastewater treatment plant and regional sewer system. Mr. Kricun graduated with honors from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He also has a professional engineer’s license in civil engineering and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  Andy is the recipient of an... Read More →
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Louise C. Wilson

Green Infrastructure Manager, New Jersey Future
Louise Wilson manages New Jersey Future’s green infrastructure project, a program aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. She is a former mayor and committeewoman in Montgomery Township, and former member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. She was transition manager for Sustainable Jersey as it gained its status as an independent nonprofit. Louise has served as an officer of the League of... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference Room B Second Floor

10:30am

Hot Topics in Farmland Preservation
This panel discussion will focus on some of the new funding opportunities and partnerships the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is cultivating as well as expansion of existing stewardship programs that help promote soil and water conservation.  The SADC’s experience with use of USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partner Program initiatives, side-by-side agricultural/open space easements, and its Soil and Water Cost Share grants will be discussed.  Other topics will include an update on farmland preservation funding, grants for deer fencing on farmland and efforts to amend the SADC’s rules for its Non-Profit program. 

Speakers
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David Clapp

Agricultural Resource Specialist 1, State Agriculture Development Committee
As part of the Stewardship team at SADC, Dave helps landowners, partners and SADC staff identify and steward natural resources on farms both during the preservation process and after a farm is preserved.  Dave helped develop a side-by-side easement template which allows SADC to partner with other organizations during the preservation process, leveraging outside funding to further protect sensitive environmental areas while maintaining... Read More →
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Jeffrey Everett

Chief of Agricultural Resources, SADC
Jeff manages the Agriculture Development Section of the State Agriculture Development Committee, comprised of the Easement Stewardship, Resource Conservation, Agricultural Mediation, Farm Link, and Farm Viability programs.  Since 1993, he has conserved natural, cultural, and agricultural resources on public and private lands in the South, Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Midwest.  He has worked in federal, state, and local government, for... Read More →
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Susan Payne

Executive Director, State Agriculture Development Committee
In her capacity as Executive Director of the NJ State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC),  Susan directs all aspects of the state’s Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) and the NJ Right to Farm (RTF) program, as well as all work of the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Bank Board.    She has devoted her 28 year career to the preservation of New Jersey’s land and water resources, in particular, the... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference Room C Second Floor

10:30am

Collaborative Funding for Place-based Impact: the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Grant Program
The evidence is clear: When it comes to health, place matters.  In response, the New Jersey Health Communities Network (NJHCN) offers community-based grants to improve the built environment/policy in support of healthy eating and active living.  Since its inception, the program has awarded $1.86 million in grants to more than 50 communities.  In 2015, these funds translated into over 100 improvements, including the creation of farmers’ markets and community gardens, healthy vending policies, active transportation installations and Complete Streets initiatives. 
The heart of this Community Grant Program is its innovative Funding Collaborative.  Five funders, from different sectors, offer grants in a coordinated way in order to maximize the amount of technical assistance provided to communities, create opportunities for peer learning, and increase funding directly invested in creating healthier communities across the state. 
Attend this session to learn how you can join this groundbreaking network—as a funder, grantee or resource! 
 
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Johnson-Hakim

Sharon Johnson-Hakim

Manager, Population Health Sciences, Atlantic Health System
Sharon is the manager for Population Health Sciences at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ.  In this role Sharon supports Atlantic’s community health team in designing and evaluating community-based health initiatives, oversees the applied research agenda for the Atlantic Center for Population Health Sciences, works to create strategic partnerships through the North Jersey Health Collaborative, and is responsible for conducting the... Read More →
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Bill Lovett

Executive Director, State Alliance of YMCA's
Bill is the Executive Director of The New Jersey Alliance for YMCA’s, a not-for-profit association made up of 35 YMCA’s from the state of New Jersey. The Alliance brings the independent YMCA’s of New Jersey together to collaborate and work on areas of mutual benefit in order to strengthen and enhance their individual YMCAs and the collective strength of NJ YMCA’s to better serve the people of New Jersey. Prior to this... Read More →
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Peri Nearon

MPA, Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiative, NJ Department of Health
Under Peri's, the NJ Department of Health coordinates ShapingNJ, a public-private partnership of more than 230 organizations working together to address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy communities through improved nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity throughout the State. Her state service began in the Department of Human Services in 1986, and has included planning, policy and program implementation for... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Brunswick Ballroom B Lower Level

10:30am

Landscaping for Healthy Water with Jersey-Friendly Yards
What we do in our own yards and neighborhoods determines how clean our water is for drinking and how healthy our waterways are for fishing and swimming.  By making smart landscaping choices, we can transform our yards into natural ”sponges” to capture stormwater and reduce the “people” pollution carried into our rivers and bays.  
Jersey-Friendly Yards (www.jerseyyards.org) is an easy-to-use, online source of information about how to landscape for a healthy environment in New Jersey. The website provides state-specific resources for reducing use of fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native species, creating habitat for wildlife, and improving overall yard health.  Users can search the Plant Database and create a custom plant list for conditions on their own property. 
Karen Walzer and Becky Laboy will showcase the website’s resources and practical applications, including the results of several landscaping projects implemented at Homeowner Associations and at branches of OceanFirst Bank.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Laboy

Becky Laboy

Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District
As the Education Outreach Specialist for the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Becky connects the local community to the soil through programs, workshops and grant projects.  She also shares her knowledge of avian wildlife leading birding trips on behalf of the Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation. Becky co-leads the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey and was a voting member of the Cattus Island... Read More →
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Karen Walzer

Public Outreach Coordinator, Barnegat Bay Partnership
Karen is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP), a National Estuary Program. She manages the BBP’s communication initiatives and educational programs. Karen has a B.S. degree in Biology from Bucknell University and is a licensed NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist. 


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Garden State Ballroom A First Floor

10:30am

Building Resilient and Healthy Communities through Land Use Strategies: Turning Climate Change Risk into Opportunity
Climate change creates many hazards for our communities including risks to health, infrastructure, and ecosystems. This workshop will explore opportunities to reduce the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and extreme rainfall events through land use strategies.  The workshop will demonstrate the public health and other benefits that can be derived through use of ecosystem services valuation, health impact assessment, and other land use and planning tools. It will provide information on the effects of climate change, discuss the connection between climate change impacts, sustainability and land conservation, and discuss action steps that are available for communities to protect public health, ecosystems and infrastructure. We will draw on recent post-Sandy experience to demonstrate cutting-edge approaches that reflect the benefits of conserving land in the face of climate impacts.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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Rabi Kieber

Disaster Recovery Coordinator, US EPA Region 2
Rabi Kieber is the Disaster Recovery and Sustainable Communities Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2.  Prior to EPA, she worked at Catholic Charities of New York to support at-risk communities. She was a field coordinator for Africare in Niger, West Africa where she developed and implemented agricultural and forestry projects and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. She received an MPA from Columbia University and... Read More →
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Joseph Siegel

Senior Attorney, US EPA Region 2
Joseph Siegel is an Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist and Senior Attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 in New York City, where he has worked for 30 years.  He co-chairs Region 2’s Climate Change Workgroup and is the lead climate change lawyer for the Region. He also teaches both climate change law and environmental dispute resolution at Pace Law... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level

10:30am

The New Jersey Lands Blueprint: A New Tool to Accelerate Conservation
A coalition of over 20 conservation-focused groups, including federal, state & county government agencies, as well as land trusts & planning agencies, has spent the last year developing a collaborative vision of the most important conservation areas to protect in New Jersey. Find out the latest with the project and witness a demo of the exciting new platform on http://www.njmap2.com/blueprint.  We’re eager to discuss how the map will advance land conservation in New Jersey.  

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  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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John Hasse

Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University
John teaches various courses in geography, GIS and planning at Rowan University.  Holding a masters in urban planning and a masters and Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, Hasse's research interest focuses on land use geography and the interface of land use, environmental planning and spatial analysis. Professor Hasse has testified as an expert witness regarding issues of land use, urban sprawl and smart growth and his work is... Read More →
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Eric Olsen

Director Lands Program, The Nature Conservancy
Eric Olsen has been with The Nature Conservancy since 2006 and currently serves as the Director of the Lands Program, overseeing TNC’s land protection, land stewardship and land policy programs in NJ. He formerly served as the Delaware River and Bay Whole System Project Director coordinating the organization’s work across the four-state Delaware River region. He also served as the Skylands Program Manager, responsible for guiding... Read More →
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Laura Szwak

Director, Outreach and Education, NJ Conservation Foundation
Laura directs  New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Assistance program, that includes the Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence grants, annual NJ Land Conservation Rally, and the NJ Land Trust Network.  She also manages NJ Conservation Foundation's work in developing and promoting the Conservation Blueprint, a statewide planning and mapping project.  Laura has worked for the NJ Highlands Council, for Morris... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Brunswick Ballroom D Lower Level

10:30am

Social Media Roundtable

Simon Galperin, U.S. Head of Growth, Opinary, and Cornell Thomas, Professional Speaker, Coach and Author, will facilitate a discussion about social media.  Groups can bring their questions and learn from others about how social media is used to accomplish organizational goals.


Speakers
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Simon Galperin

U.S. Head of Growth, Opinary


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Garden State Ballroom B First Floor

10:30am

Making Municipal Conservation Easements Work
Conservation easements are an effective preservation tool and can be useful to protect environmentally sensitive areas and features. This workshop will cover the benefits and importance of properly recording and making an inventory of municipal conservation easements (CE's) that result from development applications so that the land and natural resources are actually preserved as intended. Suggestions will be offered on how a municipality can complete their own inventory. Speakers include Jennifer Coffey, Executive Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions; Dorothea (Dot) Stillinger, Environmental Commission Member, Chatham Township; and Amy Hansen, Policy Analyst, New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

Speakers
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Jennifer Coffey

Executive Director, ANJEC
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Amy Hansen

Policy Analyst, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Amy has been working in policy at NJ Conservation for over 13 years, and lobbies and testifies in the state legislature on many different issues pertaining to land use and natural resource protection.  She is finalizing the municipal conservation easement booklet and has consulted with municipal officials about how best to inventory CE's so that community residents garner the full value of easements promised when development takes place. Amy... Read More →
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Dorothea Stillinger

Chair, Chatham Township Environmental Commission


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference Room A Second Floor

11:45am

Break/Exhibits
Please visit exhibitors.  Get a ticket from exhibitors to increase your chances of winning a prize at the end-of-rally social.  Drawing at 4.  You must be present to win. 

Friday March 17, 2017 11:45am - 12:00pm
Atrium First Floor

12:00pm

Lunch/Photo Show/ Announcements
Slideshow of 2016 conservation lands preserved that enhance healthy waters will be featured.  Thanks to all the organizations that contributed pictures.  

Greetings & Announcements:  Kenneth H. Klipstein II, NJ Water Supply Authority; President of the Board, NJ Conservation Foundation 

Friday March 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Regency Ballroom First Floor

1:00pm

Keynote Address
"The Role of Land Use as New Jersey's Climate Changes"

Friday March 17, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regency Ballroom First Floor

1:45pm

Break/Exhibits
Please visit exhibitors.  Get a ticket from exhibitors to increase your chances of winning a prize at the end-of-rally social.  Drawing at 4.  You must be present to win.  

Friday March 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Atrium First Floor

2:00pm

Municipal Funding for Open Space
The Trust for Public Land assists local and state governments in researching, designing, passing, and implementing ballot measures and legislation to dedicate new public funds for parks and land conservation. Since 1996, we have played a leading role in creating $57 billion in new public funds. Our Conservation Finance services include
*developing a case--We can help create a statement of needs, including projected costs for new and improved parks and forecasts of the fiscal and economic impacts;
*feasibility research--Our experts analyze the options for creating public funding for parks, exploring their legal, fiscal, and political constraints.
*public opinion surveys--We manage surveys by professional polling firms to test potential ballot measures and gauge voter support for funding sources, amounts, uses for funds, and campaign messages.
*measure design--For ballot measures, we recommend the optimal funding method, amount of funding, election timing, and ballot language to design a measure with the best chance for success. For legislative measures, we also advise on finance mechanisms, funding allocations, and best practices for implementation of funding programs.
*campaigns--The Trust for Public Land and its campaign affiliate, The Conservation Campaign (TCC), help community leaders and citizen groups develop and manage campaigns to win approval of ballot and legislative measures for parks. Campaign services may include planning, strategy, fundraising, selection and oversight of consultants, voter communications, and compliance with campaign finance reporting laws.
*program design and evaluation--Our experts provide models and recommendations to guide cities and counties in developing accountable and effective parkland acquisition programs.
This presentation will include current successful ballot measures from local campaigns. 

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Speakers
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Stacy McCormack

Director, Conservation Finance / Government Affairs, Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land's Conservation Finance Program provides professional, technical assistance services to parks and recreation organizations, partners, government officials, and administrators, that need to research and evaluate conservation finance options. Since 1996, TPL has worked on over 500 state and local ballot measures and legislative campaigns to generate more than $60 billion to protect special places nationwide for parks... Read More →
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Josephine Noone

Councilwoman, Washington Borough Council
I am a Democratic Councilwoman in Washington Borough and a member of the Washington Borough Green Team. I serve as a liaison to the Business Improvement District (BID) and coordinate the Washington Borough Farmers’ Market in cooperation with the BID and the Green Team. I have also served as a member of and president of the Washington Borough Library Board and a member of the Washington Borough Board of Adjustment. As a Councilwoman, I have... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Conference Room C Second Floor

2:00pm

Partnering Stormwater Controls and Parkland
Municipalities throughout the state are confronted with many challenges in trying to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) or comply with NJDEP permitting requirements for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).  Particularly in urban areas, implementing stormwater controls often involves locating infrastructure on existing parkland or creating new parkland to house such controls.  Participants in this workshop will learn about the NJDEP's current regulatory initiatives in CSO and MS4 communities, the extent to which stormwater controls and green infrastructure projects may be located on Green Acres encumbered parkland and funding opportunities for creation of new parks as part of a municipal stormwater control strategy.  The panel discussion will include a case study involving a new urban municipal park funded by the NJDEP's Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program in a CSO municipality.

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Speakers
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Janice Brogle

Assistant Director, NJDEP - Division of Water Quality
Janice Brogle is the Assistant Director of Water Pollution Management in the NJDEP’s Division of Water Quality. Janice currently oversees the NJPDES program, which includes discharge to surface water and groundwater permits, storm water permitting, management and regulation, and pretreatment and residuals management. Janice has been with the Department for more 30 years. In that time, she has been with numerous programs, including Safe... Read More →
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Heather Knizhnik

Sr. Environmental Specialist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Heather Knizhnik received her Bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of NJ and her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Environmental Studies. She has worked at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for ten years, first in the Site Remediation Program for several years, and currently as an Environmental Reviewer in the Municipal Finance & Construction Element, which provides financing for clean and drinking... Read More →
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Judeth Yeany

Chief, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, NJDEP--Green Acres Program
Judeth Piccinini Yeany, Esq. is Chief of the Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship for the NJDEP’s Green Acres Program.  Ms. Yeany holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University.  She first joined the NJDEP in 1988 and served as a Deputy Attorney General from 1990 to 2000, where she was counsel to the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust.  Ms. Yeany is a former board... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Conference Room A Second Floor

2:00pm

Clean Water Supply for New Jersey
Climate change and over use are having a dramatic effect on New Jersey’s clean water supply. Get information on the status of NJ’s major reservoirs, rivers and aquifers. Excessive water withdrawals in coastal areas and sea level rise means that salt water is intruding into fresh water supplies; increasingly frequent droughts are decreasing the amount of available water; groundwater withdrawals are impacting wetlands and streamflow, and large amounts of impervious cover inhibit groundwater recharge. 

There are, however, actions that can be taken to protect and restore our drinking water sources before it’s too late, including promoting land preservation, water conservation, supporting shifts in agricultural water use, fixing leaking water lines, and more. This session will also include an update on the status of the State Water Supply Plan, and what municipalities can do to support releasing the data to the public.


  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   

Speakers
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Richard Bizub

Director for Water Programs, Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Rich joined PPA in 1997. Rich has been employed in the water resources field since 1979. Prior to joining PPA he worked as a geologic consultant responsible for designing and conducting investigations related to both water quality and water supply planning. During that time he was licensed as a professional geologist in three states. He has served on a number of boards and commissions including the national ethics committee of the American... Read More →
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Raymond Cywinski

Manager, Suez Water New Jersey
BS degree in Forestry (Cook College, Rutgers University). Completed course work toward a Masters in Environmental Science, also at Cook College. Ray has worked at Suez for nearly 38 years primarily dealing with raw water quality, environmental and land use regulations and natural resource and watershed management.
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Pierre Lacombe

Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Pierre Lacombe is a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey and has investigated groundwater levels and saltwater intrusion in New Jersey for more than 30 years. Pierre has written extensively on saltwater intrusion issues in Cape May County and many other NJ Coastal Plain counties.


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Conference Room B Second Floor

2:00pm

Land Stewardship through the River-Friendly Programs
In this workshop, attendees will learn all about the River-Friendly Certification Programs from the organizations that coordinate them. Starting with an overview of water quality in New Jersey and its close connection to land use, presenters will describe the process for developing and implementing the suite of engaging programs for residents, schools, businesses and golf courses. This session will highlight accomplishments of the River-Friendly Programs in the Raritan Basin watersheds, including the Stony Brook-Millstone, Raritan Headwaters and Lower Raritan, while diving deeper into some site-specific projects that embody the “River-Friendly” principles of water quality management, water conservation, wildlife habitat enhancement and education. To conclude, there will be an unveiling of new resources available for other organizations and future program developments.

Speakers
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Heather Desko

Watershed Protection Specialist, NJ Water Supply Authority
Heather is a Watershed Protection Specialist for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. She joined the Authority in 2009, after serving as an AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Lower Raritan Watershed. Heather graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University with a M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis and a B.A. in Environmental Science. Heather manages the Authority’s River-Friendly Business and School certification programs, which... Read More →
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Brittany Musolino

River-Friendly Coordinator, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Brittany is the River-Friendly Program Coordinator at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and the lead coordinator for the joint-initiative River-Friendly Certification Programs. Prior to joining the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, she completed a year-long term as an AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior (also known as Human Ecology) from Rutgers... Read More →
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Lauren Theis

Director of Education, Raritan Headwaters
Lauren is the Director of Education at the Raritan Headwaters Association, where she runs school programs, community workshops, a nature day camp and the River-Friendly program. When not at the watershed, she is a yoga instructor at GLOW, Inc. and contributes to Edible Jersey Magazine. Lauren graduated from Cook College in 2007 with a degree in Biological Sciences, and is a graduate of the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program (’08) and... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Garden State Ballroom A First Floor

2:00pm

Prioritizing and Planning Restoration and Land Preservation Targets for Water Resource Protection
Water is a common ground for many organizations working to protect our natural world and for some organizations it is the central mission.  The importance of forests and wetlands in protecting water quality and the negative effects of impervious surface and some agricultural practices on water quality are well known.  Often, preservation and restoration/BMP projects aimed at protecting water resources are done on an ad hoc basis.  In this workshop we will demonstrate that data and tools are available to prioritize and plan proactively and efficiently.  We will discuss data on land and water resources, models for prioritizing subwatersheds for preservation and restoration/BMPs, and the tools and resources (Impervious Cover Assessments and NJMap) available to municipalities, non-profit conservation groups, and agencies planning projects to protect water resources. 


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  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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John Hasse

Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University
John teaches various courses in geography, GIS and planning at Rowan University.  Holding a masters in urban planning and a masters and Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, Hasse's research interest focuses on land use geography and the interface of land use, environmental planning and spatial analysis. Professor Hasse has testified as an expert witness regarding issues of land use, urban sprawl and smart growth and his work is... Read More →
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Kristi MacDonald

Director of Science, Raritan Headwaters
Kristi MacDonald is Director of Science at Raritan Headwaters, a non-profit conservation organization with the mission of protecting and restoring water resources in the Upper Raritan region.  She has a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University. Her research has mainly focused on understanding how species respond to human-caused stressors such as urban and agricultural land use, pollution, invasive species and climate change. She has worked... Read More →
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Christopher Obropta

Associate Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Christopher C. Obropta is the Director of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, an Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was an... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom A Lower Level

2:00pm

Delaware River Watershed Management Strategies for Success in Preserving Land and Aquatic Natural Resources
Partners throughout the Delaware River Watershed (DRW) collaborate to improve water quality conditions through strategic implementation and monitoring of conservation practices. In 2013, the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (sponsored by the William Penn Foundation), began attempting to coordinate restoration, protection and monitoring efforts within 8 geographically-representative sub-watershed “clusters” of the DRW, including the New Jersey Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer. Within and outside of the DRWI and these “cluster” boundaries, collaborations are constantly expanding to improve the watershed conservation efforts within the DRW. This panel will highlight the efforts of the Academy of Natural Sciences' work in the DRW, and generate discussion on the topics of 1) management and planning to encourage collaboration between conservation efforts of governmental and non-governmental organizations;  2) monitoring and assessment of conservation practices’ effectiveness using before/after water quality, habitat, and ecological metrics; and 3) geospatial biogeoinformatics to identify conservation sites with the greatest chance of success.

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Speakers
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Greg Barren

Staff Scientist II, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Greg Barren is a Staff Scientist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working on the Watersheds and Biogeoinformatics teams primarily on the DRWI project. Greg has worked on the project for the past two years in database administration, GIS tool development and data analysis. He holds a MS in Biology, with a focus on diatom community composition. He regularly works directly with partner organizations to generate data... Read More →
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Hayley Oakland

Staff Scientist, Watersheds, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Hayley Oakland is a Staff Scientist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working on the Watersheds team primarily on the DRWI project. Hayley has worked on the project for the last two years, assisting with project management and development, as well as data collection and analysis. She holds a BS in Environmental Science and Biology with a focus on conservation of aquatic ecosystems. She regularly communicates with both... Read More →
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Will Ryan

Ecologist, Academy of Natural Sciences
Will Ryan is an Ecologist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working with the Watersheds team, primarily on the DRWI project. Will has worked on the project for the past year, engaging in forest and restoration ecology research, and providing scientific support to partner organizations. He is completing a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and holds over 15 years of experience in the management of ecologically significant natural areas... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level

2:00pm

Conversation with Keynote Speaker about NJ's Changing Climate
Keynote Dr. David Robinson will be available to answer questions and further discuss the information shared during his lunchtime presentation and its implications for New Jersey.  

Speakers
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Dave Robinson

Professor & NJ State Climatologist, Rutgers University
Dr. David A. Robinson is a Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and New Jersey’s State Climatologist. He is a frequent speaker on his research interests in applied climate, and climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, is past president of the American Association... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency Ballroom First Floor

2:00pm

Crafting a Strategy to Enhance Trails Funding in New Jersey
Olivia Glenn, Regional Manager, South Jersey Metro, NJ Conservation Foundation, will facilitate a discussion about existing sources of funding for trails in New Jersey.  We will also explore the funding programs of other states for best practices and revisit some new potential trails funding prospects for New Jersey.

 

 

Moderators
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Olivia Glenn

Regional Manager, South Jersey Metro, NJ Conservation Foundation
Olivia joined NJ Conservation Foundation as South Jersey Metro Regional Manager, with an emphasis on Camden.  Prior to that, Olivia worked in a charter school in Camden, and at NJDEP.  Olivia serves on the Pennsauken Environmental Commission and Camden County Open Space Committee.  She was named a Camden County Sustainability Champion and NJ Co-Chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition.  Olivia graduated with honors in the major from Dartmouth... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency Ballroom First Floor

2:00pm

North Jersey Health Collaborative: Working Across Sectors for Collective Impact
The North Jersey Health Collaborative (NJHC) is an independent, self-governed 501(c)(3) organization with the vision of creating healthy people, healthy communities in northern New Jersey.  NJHC represents over 100 partners across a variety of sectors (e.g., health care, social services, public health, education, parks and recreation) committed to a shared process of community needs assessment and health improvement planning.  This collective process enables us to better identify and respond to the most pressing health issues in our region. 
In this roundtable discussion, we will explore the powerful links between land conservation and health.  You will learn how your organization can join us to build new connections, leverage resources, and take action—increasing both the reach and capacity of your organization and our potential for significant collective impact. Health isn’t owned by healthcare or public health alone; by working together across sectors we can accomplish what we could never do alone. 

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Connelly

Catherine Connelly

Manager, North Jersey Health Collaborative
Catherine is the Manager Consultant for the North Jersey Health Collaborative (NJHC), a not-for-profit organization with more than 125 multi-sector organizational partners across five counties of Northern New Jersey. The NJHC brings together organizations and community members to identify the most pressing health issues and underlying drivers of poor health in each of our counties. NJHC is a data driven organization that continually uses... Read More →
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Ashley Anglin, PhD

Coordinator Atlantic Center for Population Health Sciences, Atlantic Health System
Dr. Ashley Anglin is the coordinator for the Atlantic Center for Population Health Sciences at Atlantic Health System. She holds a PhD in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, and graduate certificates in Public Policy and Executive Philanthropy. Broadly, her aim is to collaborate with community residents and organizations to conduct research and develop/evaluate programs that promote holistic well-being, with... Read More →
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Arlene Stoller

Health Education Specialist, Morris County Office of Health Management
President, North Jersey Health Collaborative, Health Education Specialist | Arlene has worked and advocated for public health for over 30 years with 18 years of experience in local public health in Morris County and New Jersey. | | Valuing collaboration, Arlene has partnered with many agencies in Morris County supporting the NJHC since its inception. She serves as Secretary to the Collaborative and participates on the Data Committee... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Garden State Ballroom B First Floor

2:00pm

Economic Development & Land Conservation: Partnerships that Work
Join us for a conversation with economic development managers from across New Jersey to learn more about what drives these managers to make decisions, how they think about nature in the planning process, and where the opportunities are for collaboration and shared resources. Land, rivers and coastlines provide many benefits to wildlife and people, such as clean water, tourism opportunities, soil for growing crops, commercial and recreation fisheries, and flood reduction. Conservation groups strive towards goals of healthy, resilient habitats for nature and people in both coastal and freshwater systems but may struggle to meet these goals due to inadequate resources. To truly scale up our conservation work, collaborating with new partners can help us attain shared goals for people and nature. Today we’ll get the conversation started with three panelists from diverse counties and projects from across the state and we welcome you to join the presentations and discussion.

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Speakers
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Marc Saluk

Economic Development Director, Hunterdon County
Marc has worked as an economic development professional primarily in rural settings and is currently the Economic Development Director for Hunterdon County, NJ. The nature of the county dictates that development move forward alongside conservation efforts and the county’s’ current model for growth reflects the strong relationship between the two initiatives.   Marc’s previous experience was 7 years as a county and regional-level economic... Read More →
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Elizabeth Schuster

Environmental Economist, The Nature Conservancy
Elizabeth joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 as an environmental economist and supports the marine and freshwater programs as well as collaborating with community economic development partners across the state. She also has experience in conservation and business management in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Since 1998, she has been working in project design and implementation with a focus on natural resource management and water... Read More →
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Diane Wieland

Direcrtor, Cape May County Department of Tourism
Diane Wieland, the Director of Tourism in Cape May, has supported the tourism industry for 30 years. She played a pivotal role in the growth of the industry to $6 billion in 2015. The Cape May County Department of Tourism has received 11 Excellence in Tourism awards from the State Division of Travel and Tourism. Wieland currently is working to expand ecotourism and agritourism in Cape May County.



Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom B Lower Level

2:00pm

Moving from Pipelines to Renewables
Pipelines pose one of the greatest risks to preserved land in New Jersey, and to other natural resources we need to protect. Starting with a look at state and federal policy around pipeline approvals, this workshop will address policy changes needed to move NJ more swiftly from unneeded pipelines to renewable sources of energy.

Speakers
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Barbara Blumenthal

Energy and Environmental Consultant, Consultant
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Patty Cronheim

Outreach Coordinator, ReThink Energy NJ
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Tom Gilbert

Campaign Director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Tom has served since June 2015 as Campaign Director for Energy, Climate and Natural Resources. Prior to joining NJ Conservation Foundation, he served as Senior Conservation Finance Director with the Trust for Public Land. He also served as Chairman of the NJ Keep It Green Coalition and led successful campaigns to secure approval of a $400 million bond measure in 2009 and constitutional amendment in 2014 that will provide a stable source of land... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom D Lower Level

3:15pm

Networking Social
Toast friends and colleagues!  Enjoy a glass of beer, wine or soft drink with conservation colleagues.  One drink is included with your registration.  Cash bar available for additional beverages.     

Friday March 17, 2017 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom First Floor