New Director for TPL’s NJ Office

Morristown, NJ, April 7, 2005- The Trust for Public Land (TPL) a national nonprofit land conservation organization announced today the appointment of Terrence Nolan as state director of the group’s New Jersey Field Office. From an office based in Morristown, TPL has protected more than 20,000 acres of New Jersey land. Through its Parks for People—Newark program, the organization has also invested $4.4 million to create six new community playgrounds where children lack adequate open space resources.

“This work is important from the cities to the wilderness,” said Nolan. “It is a privilege and an honor to be working to protect the natural resources of New Jersey for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.”

The Trust for Public Land has a mission to “conserve land for people,” which translates to purchasing privately owned land to create or add to parks to allow public access. A much-intended side effect is the protection of both habitat and watershed resources.

Nolan, who has a background in real estate and nonprofit law, joined TPL in 1999. As a senior project manager, he was responsible for TPL’s land acquisition program in Northern New Jersey, in particular the Highlands. He facilitated the preservation of nearly 5,000 Highlands acres during his tenure, including the 600-acre Crown Towers property in Mount Olive Township (Morris County) last summer, the 758-acre Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah (Bergen County) and the 1,200-acre Gerard Woods in Hardyston Township (Sussex County).

“As I begin my new role, I remain committed to TPL’s areas of concentration—the Highlands, Barnegat Bay, the River to Bay Greenway, and Parks for People—Newark. I also look forward to new work underway in the New Jersey Harbor Estuary,” said Nolan.

“More than any other place, I believe that New Jersey residents understand the vital environmental connection between our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. TPL is committed to conservation in all of these areas and we will continue to be a statewide leader in protecting the places that New Jerseyans depend on for recreation and clean water,” said Nolan.

The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to achieve our land for people mission.