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Kathleen Ward, Communications Director
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NJ Conservation Foundation mourns loss of former Gov. Brendan Byrne


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Gov. Byrne signing legislation protecting the Pine Barrens
New Jersey Conservation Foundation joins all New Jerseyans in honoring the memory of former Governor Brendan T. Byrne, a longtime champion of land preservation.

In a two minute video, Governor Byrne states that the Pine Barrens were "destined for extinction" because of political cross-currents. "I regarded that as a challenge," Byrne said. "An administration is known for what it stands for. We worried about the environment. We stood for it. We made our mark on it. And we were happy to have it as a legacy."

"Thanks to Governor Byrne, today the Pine Barrens are not destined for extinction and are instead permanently protected," said Michele S. Byers, executive director for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. "Governor Byrne set the stage for enormous investments in land preservation. More than 30,000 acres of land have been preserved in the Pine Barrens by New Jersey Conservation Foundation over the last five decades, including the Franklin Parker Preserve, the Candace McKee Ashmun Preserve, the Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve, the Rechnitz Pine Barrens Preserve, the Evert Preserve and the Dorothy Preserve. Hundreds of thousands of acres were preserved by the state, counties and other conservation partners."

Governor Byrne served as an honorary trustee of New Jersey Conservation Foundation along with former Governor Thomas H. Kean, former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden and Catherine M. Cavanaugh.

To watch the video of Governor Byrne speak about his passion for the Pine Barrens, visit:

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 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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