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Friday, March 17

9:00am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Peter Sorge, LSRP

President, JM Sorge, Inc., 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

9:00am EDT

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. 


Judeth Piccinini Yeany, Esq

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... Read More →
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Dorothy Guzzo

Executive Director, NJ 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... Read More →

Kate Marcopul

Administrator, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
Kate Marcopul is the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Administer of the NJ Historic Preservation Office in DEP. Kate has worked at the NJHPO since 1998 where she has supervised the National Register and Community Assistance section of the NJHPO, reviewed projects for... Read More →

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

9:00am EDT

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.

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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... 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... Read More →
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Bill Foelsch

Director of Parks & Recreation, Township of Morris
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... Read More →
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Olivia Glenn

Regional Manager, South Jersey Metro, New Jersey 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... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

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.

Approved for APA CM 1.25. 

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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... Read More →
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Elizabeth Schuster

Environmental Economist, The Nature Conservancy
Elizabeth Schuster joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 and has supported a variety of projects including quantifying the value of natural infrastructure for flood reduction and community economic development through nature-based tourism. Since 1998, she has been leading projects... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

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.


Barbara Blumenthal

Energy and Environmental Consultant, Consultant

Patty Cronheim

Outreach Coordinator, ReThink Energy NJ
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Tom Gilbert

Campaign Director, NJ Conservation Foundation
Tom Gilbert is the Campaign Director for Energy, Climate and Natural Resources for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Tom directs a statewide campaign to oppose unneeded, damaging pipelines such as PennEast, and foster a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy. He previously... Read More →

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