CSNJ November Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday, Novmber 20, 2015
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10 p.m.
Morris County Cultural Center

The D&R Canal Commmmission
30-year Retrospective
speaker: Jim Amon

Mr. Amon is credited with transforming the neglected D&R canal to the treasured linear park that it is today. After retiring from the commission, he became director of stewardship of the D&R Greenway, an organization he helped to found in 1989. He recently retired from that post. Mr. Amon will discuss how the canal and park changed during his nearly three decades at the commission and his experiences as director.

Jim Amon Jim was the first executive director of the D&R Canal Commission, beginning in 1974 when the canal became a state park. For 29 years he planned for the canal park’s future, guided development of the park, and administered a regulatory program to protect the canal from the harmful impacts of new development.
Upon his retirement in 2005 he became the director of stewardship for the D&R Greenway Land Trust, taking responsibility for managing over 100 nature preserves comprised of approximately 4,000 acres.
Jim lives in Lambertville with his wife Kathleen and their dog, really her dog, Sally. He is seriously involved in photography with exhibits in galleries throughout central New Jersey, writes on environmental issues, and gardens in his 30’ x 30’ backyard.

Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center

From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.

From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.

From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.