Stewardship Roundtable is a forum for discussing issues related to natural lands management in New Jersey. Authors include:
James C. Amon is Director of Stewardship for D&R Greenway Land Trust. Previously, Jim served for 29 years as Executive Director of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. He has been a leading force in the preservation and stewardship of land in central New Jersey. Jim’s responsibilities as Executive Director of the D&R Canal Commission included the protection of a water supply system that provides drinking water for over one million people. Yet he still has found the time to serve on the boards and advisory committees of over 15 conservation-related organizations. He has also published numerous articles designed to inform the public of the need to preserve the natural world and developed proper planning for various recreational areas. His efforts have been recognized by many awards, including the 2004 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award, the Planning Design Award from Hunterdon County, and the Environmental Enhancement Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJ Chapter).
Jared Rosenbaum is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, a family business that grows native plants for home gardens and ecological restoration. He is also the Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Jared has extensive professional experience in the stewardship and restoration of natural areas, in native plant propagation, and in botanical surveys of wild plant communities.
Jared is the author of Plant Local: Do-It-Yourself Native Plant Gardens, and is prominently featured in the documentary film Sourlands. His writings on plant ecology, lore and propagation can be found wildridgeplants.blogspot.com.
Michael Van Clef, PhD. is an expert in rare and invasive species management and natural resource management and policy. He has over fifteen years of ecological experience in non-profit, consultant and university settings. Michael worked for The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey as Director of Science and Stewardship. While at TNC, Michael contributed to an ecoregional planning process by determining priority sites for conservation in New Jersey. He created “site conservation plans” that identified target species & communities, their threats, strategies for conservation, and measurements of conservation success. He was also in-charge of managing approximately 14 nature preserves in Northern New Jersey consisting of 5,000 acres and supervised two land stewards, seasonal interns, and volunteers. Michael was a member of New Jersey’s Invasive Species Council and wrote the NJ Strategic Plan for Invasive Species. Michael received his B.S. in Biology and his Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University. He runs an environmental consulting company called Ecological Solutions.
Jon Wagar is Vice President for Conservation Programs at Conservation Resources Inc. From 1999 through 2004, Jon was a member of the staff of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, where he served as Director of Stewardship and Assistant Director of Land acquisition and Stewardship. From 2001 to 2012, Jon was also Director of Land Acquisition and Stewardship at Schiff Natural Lands Trust. In addition to conservation real estate expertise, Jon has extensive experience using remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems for conservation and land management purposes. Jon is Chairperson of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team and former Chairperson of the Mendham Township Open Space Trust Committee. He has served as a Trustee of the Washington Township Land Trust, the NJ Forest Stewardship Committee, and the Pinelands Forestry Advisory Committee. Jon holds a BS in biology from Richard Stockton College, as well as a Master of Forestry Degree from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he worked as a field forester for Yale’s School Forests. Jon also spent several years working in Central America where he worked with subsistence farmers to improve their forestry and agricultural practices and taught at an extension campus of the Guatemalan National University.