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Women in Conservation

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New Jersey 45 minutes

Linda Mead

As you look out on the meadow, reflect on the importance of preserved land. After all, if this beautiful property were not preserved, you wouldn’t be here today enjoying it. Luckily, Linda Mead has made her life’s work the preservation of this diminishing resource – land – that is our home. Over 30 years, Linda has directly affected over 21,000 acres of land preservation in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. Among her favorite sayings is, “After all, no matter on which side of the river you live, we’re all in the same watershed!” As President of D&R Greenway since 1997, she led the nonprofit from a grassroots beginning to a recognized state and national leader known for completing complicated land deals and innovative ways of connecting people and land. Her passion resulted in creation of the Johnson Education Center with its art galleries, lectures and outdoor campus where thousands of people have joined the D&R Greenway family of land preservation enthusiasts! Her ability to bring together partners from all walks of life – business leaders, environmentalists, artists and outdoor recreationists – led to the founding of a national ‘Land College’ educational program that protected lands around the US, and the Delaware River Sojourn, an 8-day annual kayak tour of the river environs. She contributed to two National Heritage Area designations and co-founded the Bucks County (PA) Open Space Program that established the county’s first grant funding for open space preservation. Linda’s persistence and determination resulted in D&R Greenway legacy preserves here in Hopewell including St. Michaels Farm Preserve and in Princeton including Farm View Fields and Greenway Meadows. Narrated by Heather Callahan

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