Governor Brendan T. Byrne

Honorary Chair of the Board, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Governor Brendan T. Byrne

Brendan Byrne served as Governor of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982. He had many accomplishments as Governor. Foremost among these in the minds of many was the passage of the Pinelands Protection Act and the launching of the Pinelands Commission and Comprehensive Management Plan. As Governor, Brendan Byrne led the effort to save the Pinelands. From the beginning of these efforts, he and his administration worked to create a strong regional planning agency and a regional plan based on the fundamental goal of protecting the Pinelands’ natural resources. While pressing for passage of the Pinelands Protection Act, Gov. Byrne issued Executive Order 71, a bold measure which imposed a moratorium on development over a vast area until the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan could be adopted. Gov. Byrne appointed the first Chair of the Pinelands Commission, Franklin Parker, and its first Executive Director, Terry Moore, providing the Commission with the leadership it needed to institute the groundbreaking development control measures embodied in the Comprehensive Management Plan.

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