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Residents of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean County

Your freeholders are key players in the fight to protect the Pinelands. The county freeholders appoint seven of the fifteen Pinelands Commissioners - and many county appointees over the years have not been on the side of protection. Let your freeholders know that you expect the appointment process to be transparent and fair, and that you expect your county representative to uphold the Comprehensive Management Plan.

Your Board of Chosen Freeholders has designated a representative to the Pinelands Commission. You can call, write, or attend the monthly Freeholder meeting and tell them that you support the protection of New Jersey’s Pinelands and that you expect their representative on the Commission to do a better job protecting the Pinelands.

Call your County Freeholder Director and:

1. State your name and municipality

2. Express your displeasure with how your county appointment voted on the South Jersey and New Jersey Natural Gas Pipelines.

3. Ask about the appointment process to the Pinelands Commission.

Sample script:

Hi, my name is (name) and I am a resident of (municipality). I am deeply concerned about health, safety, and our environment. I want to register my disapproval the way our Pinelands Commissioner (name of Commissioner) voted on the South Jersey and New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline application. In the future, I urge you to appoint a representative who will uphold the Comprehensive Management Plan. What is your practice for appointing a representative to the Pinelands Commission?


Check below for phone numbers and term expirations for each county appointment. The expirations are per the Pinelands Commission website. If you find information indicating that your county appointment has since been reappointed, please contact us.

If you plan on attending any of these meetings let us know. Email Katie Smith, Policy Advocate at katie@pinelandsalliance.org.


All county appointees to the Pinelands Commission voted to approve the South Jersey Gas pipeline on February 24th and to approve the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline on September 14.


 

Call us for more information 609-859-8860. RSVP if you plan on attending to katie@pinelandsalliance.org

Board of Freeholders Upcoming Meetings for the following Pinelands counties:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean


Atlantic County
Pinelands Commissioner: Paul Galletta - term expired June 28, 2010

Phone Number:

Frank Formica, Chair: (609) 645-5900

Meeting Dates:

  • November 14, 4pm
  • November 21, 4pm
  • December 5, 4pm
  • December 12, 4pm

Meeting Location: 201 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225

Website:http://www.atlantic-county.org/freeholders/schedule.asp

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting.


Burlington County
Pinelands Commissioner: Sean Earlen (Commission chair) - term expires July 27, 2017

Phone Number:

Bruce Garganio, Director: (609) 265-5020

Meeting Dates:

  • November 8, 7pm
  • November 22, 7pm
  • December 13, 7pm
  • December 27, 7pm

Meeting location: 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6000, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Website: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/calendar.aspx?CID=38

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting. The Burlington County Freeholders are responsible for issuing road opening permits - which New Jersey Natural Gas needs to begin construction on the pipeline. Tell the freeholders to reject these permits and stop the pipeline.


Camden County
Pinelands Commissioner: Ed McGlinchey - term expires December 31, 2017

Phone Number:

Louis Cappelli, Jr., Director: (856) 225-5451

Jeffrey Nash - Department of Parks, Division of Environmental Affairs: (856) 225-5466

Meeting Dates:

  • November 9, 7pm: Camden County College, Camden, NJ 08102
  • December 21, 7pm: Wayne Bryant Commnity Center, 323 E. Charleston Ave, Lawnside, NJ 08045

Website: http://www.camdencounty.com/events/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-search=%22freeholder+meeting%22

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting. Camden County has listed the Pinelands Commission position on their website. Make sure this post is filled transparently and fairly. The freeholders stated that the appointment will be made at the January 2018 meeting.


Cape May County
Pinelands Commissioner: William Brown - term expires June 28, 2020 - Stepped down October 13, 2017 - Position currently OPEN

Phone Number:

Gerald Thornton, Director: (609) 465-1065

Meeting Dates:

  • November 14, 7pm
  • November 28, 4:30pm
  • December 12, 7pm
  • December 26, 4:30pm*

Meeting Location: 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Website:http://capemaycountynj.gov/586/Board-of-Chosen-Freeholders

*Likely this meeting will be cancelled. Call ahead before going.

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting. If you know anyone who may be interested in the Cape May County Pinelands Commission position, please contact Katie (katie@pinelandsalliance.org).


Cumberland County
Pinelands Commissioner: Jane Jannarone - term expires April 2020

Phone Number:

Joseph Derella, Director: (856) 453-2125

Meeting Dates:

  • November 21, 6pm
  • November 28, 6pm
  • No meetings in December

Meeting Location: 164 W Broad St, Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Website:http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us/meetings

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting.


Gloucester County
Pinelands Commissioner: Joe Chila* - term expires January 28, 2019

*Mr. Chila is also a Gloucester County Freeholder and serves as Deputy Freeholder Director.

Phone Number:

Robert Damminger, Director: (856) 853-3395

Meeting Dates:

  • November 8, 6:30pm
  • November 21, 6:30pm
  • December 6, 6:30pm
  • December 20, 6:30pm
  • December 27, 6:30pm

Meeting location: County Courthouse, Room 201, 1 N Broad St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
Mailing address: 2 South Broad Street, P.O. Box 337, Woodbury, New Jersey 08096

Website:http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/opengov/freesched.asp

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting.


Ocean County
Pinelands Commissioner: Alan Avery - term expires June 28, 2018

Phone Number:

Joseph Vicari, Director: (732) 929-2002

Meeting Dates:

  • November 1, 4pm
  • November 15, 4pm
  • December 6, 4pm
  • December 20, 4pm

Meeting Location: 101 Hooper Ave, Toms River in Freeholder Board Meeting Room 119
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2191, Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

Website:http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/FreeholderMeetingSchedulePage.aspx

Take Action:

Call, write, or show up to comment at the next freeholder meeting.


Refer to the Pinelands Commission page for a biography for each of the Pinelands Commissioners.

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