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From the Courier-News


January 28, 2010

Founder's grandson among new trustees

for land preservation foundation


Five new members are starting three-year terms on the New Jersey Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees, including the grandson of one of the founding members of the nonprofit organization established to preserve land.

"I am just thrilled to be following in my grandfather's footsteps," said Kenneth H. Klipstein, Jr. of Tewksbury. He is grandson of Kenneth H. Klipstein, a foundation trustee and president in the 1960s.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation began its 50th anniversary year by announcing the preservation of 2,240 acres statewide and appointing five new trustees on Jan. 20, said spokeswoman Sandy Perry.

Klipstein was appointed as a new member along with Catherine "Cary" Bacon Winslow of Far Hills, S. Bradley Mell of Bedminster and Jack Cimprich of Upper Pittsgrove Township in Salem County. Former trustee Lawrence S. Fox of Harding Township, Morris County, has returned for another term, Perry said.

"They're dedicated to helping us achieve our mission of preserving land and natural resources throughout New Jersey," Board President L. Keith Reed of Bedminster said of the new trustees.

The trustees join the foundation after a year when more than 2,000 acres of parks, wildlife habitat and active farmland were preserved in 10 counties, said Michele S. Byers, the foundation's executive director.

The foundation was started in 1960 to oppose a proposal to build a major airport on the undeveloped Great Swamp in Morris and Somerset counties, Perry said.

The foundation has since been involved in preservation projects, often in partnership with other governmental or private agencies, to save more than 120,000 acres statewide, she said.

Klipstein said his grandfather often spoke of the original group's efforts to acquire the Great Swamp before donating the land to the federal government.
This year's priorities are building statewide name recognition for the foundation and fundraising in a difficult economy, Klipstein said Thursday.

Klipstein is director of Watershed Protection Programs for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. He previously worked for the state Department of Environmental Protection, most recently as bureau chief of the Division of Watershed Management. He is a board member for the Tewksbury Land Trust and the New Jersey Highlands Development Credit Bank.

Mell is president and chief executive officer of W.H. Mell Associates Inc. of Summit, and founder of Gulfstream Capital Management LLC. He started Aero Care Flight Inc., a nonprofit to support Angel Flight's mission to provide free air transportation for people needing medical treatment, and transporting rescue personnel to disaster areas.

Winslow is a former president, CEO and treasurer of Quantitative Technologies Inc. in the Whitehouse section of Readington. She and her husband, Paul, founded the Student 2 Science Foundation.

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