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Laura Szwak joins NJCF as Statewide Greenways Director

FAR HILLS (April 17, 2006) - Laura Szwak joined the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) in April as Statewide Greenways Director and is responsible for promoting the Garden State Greenways project.   “I look forward to helping communities and groups link their parks and connect people with the outdoors,” Szwak said. 

Over the past year, Szwak served as Land Preservation Coordinator for the New Jersey Highlands Council. In this position, she wrote draft technical reports for the Highlands Regional Master Plan on Land Preservation and Historic Preservation, and communicated land preservation options to Highlands landowners. Prior to her work with the Council, she served for 10 years as Morris Land Conservancy's Assistant Director. Szwak managed the Conservancy's open space planning and advising program for municipalities. From 1979-1991, Szwak worked for the National Park Service as an outdoor recreation planner, including a two-year service with the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors.  The Commission’s final report, Americans Outdoors, promoted the term “greenways” on a national level and called for a “prairie fire of action” by communities to link public parks and open space using greenways.

Garden State Greenways is an online planning tool launched by NJCF in 2004 in collaboration with the State Green Acres Program and Rutgers University to help facilitate a strategic approach to open space planning. To learn more about Garden State Greenways, please call 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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