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Theodore Chase joins conservation foundation board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 08/09/13

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Theodore Chase outside NJCF's main office
FRANKLIN TWP. - Franklin Township Councilman and retired Rutgers science professor Theodore Chase has joined the Board of Trustees of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the state's largest land preservation nonprofit.

Ted has been participating on our Policy Committee, and we are excited to have him join as a full board member, said L. Keith Reed, board president. We have some extremely knowledgeable and talented trustees, but Ted brings the unique perspective of a biochemist to our projects and discussions - we are fortunate to have him.

A longtime member of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Chase said he hopes his scientific knowledge and dedication to preserving open space will be an asset.

While there are a number of land preservation organizations in New Jersey, and a number of environmental organizations which typically focus on one or another aspect of the environment, New Jersey Conservation Foundation is particularly broad in combining land preservation efforts with addressing all sorts of environmental challenges, especially through application of appropriate science and through education of the public by Michele Byers' columns, said Chase. I am happy to contribute what I can toward all these activities, especially through my knowledge of science.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Chase graduated from Harvard College in 1960, received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1967-69.

He joined Rutgers' College of Agriculture in 1969 and rose from assistant to associate to full professor of biochemistry. He retired in 2007.

Chase was elected to the Franklin Township Council in 2009 after serving for many years on the township's Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission. While on the Environmental Commission, he led an effort to survey water quality in township streams.

He has served as chairman of Franklin Township's Green Team for Sustainable Jersey certification since 2009; the township achieved certification in 2010 and was recently recertified at the Bronze level. He is also a member of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch, and was recently appointed to an advisory committee on revising the master plan of the D&R Canal Commission.

Chase noted that Franklin Township has been very active in preserving open space and farmland during the last two decades.

Since 2000, Franklin Township has purchased 838 acres of land as open space and preserved 711 acres of farmland. When these are added to extensive lands purchased by the state of New Jersey and Somerset County, and prior acquisitions by the township, the township's park and open space holdings total 2,284 acres, he said. Over one-third of the area of the township is preserved. I can't claim very much of the credit for this, but I helped.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, it 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 www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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