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John Dana elected to NJ Conservation Foundation board


New Jersey Conservation Foundation
John L. Dana
FAR HILLS - When it comes to a love of the outdoors and a strong conservation ethic, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

John Dana of Bernardsville was recently elected to New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Board of Trustees for a second time, filling a seat once occupied by his father, the late Bill Dana.

"This interest in conservation has been in my family for as long as I can remember," Dana said. "We're all avid fly fisherman, and the idea of protecting land and water - particularly rivers and streams - is important to us."

John's father, Bill, served as a New Jersey Conservation Foundation trustee for 19 years, including three years as president, and was one of the founding members of the Harding Land Trust. He and John's mother, Emma Joy, were pioneers in the movement to preserve family lands through conservation easements, placing easements on their properties in Harding Township and Montana to permanently restrict development.

"The opportunity to save land forever is pretty compelling," noted John Dana, who enjoys fishing, skiing, hiking, golf and tennis.

He is a retired property and casualty insurance broker, having specialized in managing insurance programs for nonprofit organizations, private schools, and clubs. He most recently worked for Arthur J. Gallagher, and previously served at O'Gorman & Young Inc. and Bollinger Fowler Inc.

A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Dana previously served on the New Jersey Conservation Foundation board for about six years in the 1990s.

Now that he is back as a NJ Conservation trustee, he hopes to spend more time visiting and evaluating properties being considered for preservation. "If I can be part of saving beautiful places in New Jersey, that's a rewarding thing to do," he said.

John and his wife, Margo, have three adult children. His brother, Andy Dana of Bozeman, Montana, is an attorney who works closely with the Montana Land Reliance on land conservation work.

John's other volunteer work has included serving as board member and president of The Peck School, the Larger Crossroads Tennis Association, and the Somerset Hills Country Club. He also served on the board of New Jersey Club Manager's Foundation and is treasurer of the Baltusrol Golf Club Lend a Hand Foundation.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation has protected more than 125,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation's programs and preserves, go to or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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