Every property preserved by D&R Greenway comes with its own story. Part of D&R Greenway’s work to inspire a conservation ethic comes from our knowledge that there are many different paths that people follow to preserving and caring for the land. Every once in a while a truly special opportunity presents itself for preservation to make someone’s dreams come true.
For years, a 99-year-old neighbor, who was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for flying 117 combat missions in World War Two, has mounted a campaign to preserve the last sizeable piece of undeveloped property on the south side of the Watchung Ridge.
These 36 wooded acres are connected to the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, the route taken by French General Rochambeau on his way to join forces with General Washington during the American Revolutionary War.
Today, we have great news! D&R Greenway convinced the developer, who already has subdivision approval for 15 McMansions, to preserve this historic land. We have built a partnership among township and county officials and the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association to fund the acquisition. This new parkland will be preserved just in time for the veteran’s 100th birthday
It is only with your support that D&R Greenway is able to provide the critical expertise to successfully negotiate complex land preservation transactions. This is but one of many on which staff spend hundreds of hours, often over years, to make happen. D&R Greenway’s operating budget is totally dependent on private donations.
Yours in Preservation,
Linda J. Mead
President & CEO