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Partner Employees Extend Our Reach

We have partner employees who work with NRCS soil conservationists to help provide expertise to address specific resource concerns:


Forestry Conservation Technical Assistance - Don Donnelly 

through a partnership with NJ Audubon

Don Donnelly is available to provide forestry technical assistance to NRCS field staff and to landowners and land managers. Don has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forest Management from Rutgers University. He has been working as the Stewardship Project Director of Forestry at NJ Audubon since 2011. Prior to joining NJA, he accrued 17 years of field forester experience for several government agencies including the Morris County Soil Conservation District, the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Hunterdon County Parks Department. He holds credentials as a NJ Approved Forester, NJ Certified Tree Expert (#376), NJ Certified Horticulturist, NJ Community Forestry Council Accreditation, American Tree Farm System Qualified Inspector, NJ Licensed Forestry Pesticide Applicator (#54426B), NRCS Forestry Technical Service Provider NJ (#10-6805), Certified Wildland Firefighter, Chairman of the NJ Division of the Society of American Foresters, and a NJ Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee Member.

Contact Information:

Don Donnelly, Stewardship Project Director - Forester
New Jersey Audubon Society
Wattles Stewardship Center
1024 Anderson Road
Port Murray, NJ 07865
Ph: (908) 366-7903
Fax: (908) 837-9569


Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Region - Kelly Gill

through a partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Kelly Gill provides technical support and training to NRCS, other conservation agencies, and farmers on the topics of pollinator conservation and native plant restoration. A Pennsylvania native, Kelly completed coursework towards a Master’s Degree in Entomology at Iowa State University. There, she conducted small plot and farm scale research on the development of best practices for conserving beneficial insects in Iowa's agricultural landscape.  

Contact Information:

USDA-NRCS
1971 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road
Columbus, NJ 08022
Office: 609-267-1639 x 110
Fax: (855) 305-7200

or Kelly@xerces.org

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215
Office: 503.232.6639
Fax: 503.233.6794

For information on how to conserve pollinator habitat visit:
http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center/
http://www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/Pollinators.html


Organic Farming Conservation and Technical Service Specialist - Justine Cook

through a partnership with NOFA-NJ and New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Justine Cook provides support to small scale sustainable and organic producers through technical advice, on-farm research trial and writing technical bulletins, and presenting information at NOFA-NJ events. Justine has a strong professional commitment to sustainable and organic agriculture. Her studies in environmental Science focused on soil and water pollution, which introduced her to issues related to conventional agricultural practices. After studying green manures and soil fertility at Penn State, she spent six months on the Seeds of Change Research Farm in New Mexico running a cover crop variety trial and learning more about organic production. Direct your questions for Justine online at www.nofanj.org/resources_askjustine.htm.

Contact Information:

NOFA-NJ
334 River Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: 908-371-1111 ext 1


Wildlife Planning and Management Assistance

through a partnership with US Fish and Wildlife Service and New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Elizabeth (Beth) Freiday, a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society, works in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to design and implement habitat restoration via the Wetland Reserve Program, as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. Elizabeth can offer private landowners assistance with conservation planning and helps landowners identify the most appropriate conservation programs to reach their goals. Elizabeth specializes in building new partnerships with landowners, government agencies and non-government organizations that result in restoration plans and outcomes that maximizes benefits for people, wildlife and the environment.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina, and a Master’s of Science in Forestry from the University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky. Prior to her service with the federal government, Elizabeth worked for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resource, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the NJ Audubon Society. Elizabeth brings an extensive knowledge of avian ecology and over 10 years of experience in wildlife planning and management to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Contact Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
927 North Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
Phone: 609.383.3938 x19