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D&R Greenway’s 2022 Greenway Gala at Hillside Farm

D&R Greenway Land Trust

Annual Greenway Gala
Sunday, May 15 at Hillside Farm

Presentation of the Donald B. Jones Conservation Award
to Local Conservation Advocates
Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee

A Beautiful Day to Celebrate the Land at a spectacular Gala at Hillside Farm!

Thanks to ALL Who Participated and Supported D&R Greenway and our mission to preserve land
as we recognized the vision of Betty Wold Johnson


Enjoy the event photos below courtesy of our 2022 Greenway Gala Photographers!


Supporters came from near and far to applaud the 800-acre preserve and the decades-long research of
renowned ornithologists Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee, who have worked with Cornell University,
the Washington Crossing Audubon Society and many others to help us better understand why caring
for this natural habitat is vital to our region.

Donald B. Jones Conservation Award Recipients Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee.
Photo by Philip S. Getty.

Young biologists from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey were inspired by Hannah Suthers at the Greenway Gala.
D&R Greenway’s partner in preservation CWFNJ is conducting an inventory of amphibians, wildlife and birds alongside a
Washington Crossing Audubon Society bird survey led by honorees Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee.

There are so many people to thank
starting with Betty’s family.
Betty Wold Johnson’s sons Robert Wood Johnson and Christopher Wold Johnson
made a gift of this land to
D&R Greenway on December 30, 2021.

More information about Hillside Farm can be found here on our website.

Thank you to all of our In-Kind Donors!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 14, 2022, Princeton

D&R Greenway Land Trust is pleased to announce local bird and conservation advocates, Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee, as recipients of the land trust’s 2022 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award (s). The award ceremony will take place at the annual Greenway Gala on Sunday, May 15, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the beautiful Hillside Farm in Hopewell, NJ recently gifted to D&R Greenway by Betty Wold Johnson’s family in her memory.

Gala 2022 Donald B. Jones Conservation Awardees, Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee

Members of the public are invited for a special opportunity to have a Bird’s Eye View of Hillside Farm, home of the future Betty Wold Johnson Preserve! The new preserve is not yet open to the public, and this is a special opportunity to get a glimpse first-hand. Join D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Greenway Gala on May 15 to congratulate Sharyn and Hannah and to be one of the first to experience Hillside Farm. High on a hill with sweeping views across the Hopewell Valley, the land holds great ecological value for birds and wildlife and is of historic significance. This 800-acre property will not open to the public until next year after a thoughtful process is completed to ensure protection of conservation resources.

Hillside Farm, Hopewell NJ at sunset.

Sponsorships are available from $500 – $5,000. Individual Ticket Price is $200. Admission is by advance ticket or sponsorship purchase only, by May 5, at www.drgreenway.org or by calling 609 578-7470. Safety precautions will be taken including limiting the number of participants; reserve your place now. Gala sponsorships and tickets benefit D&R Greenway’s conservation of birds and habitat on the future Betty Wold Johnson Preserve.

D&R Greenway’s Donald B. Jones Conservation Award annually recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to conservation. It is a high honor that stands for personal commitment with on-the-ground results. In 1977, The Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station in the Sourlands was initiated by Hannah Suthers. Sharyn Magee joined two decades ago. These two scientists have dedicated 15,000 hours at one of the longest-running bird banding stations in the U.S.! Their data informed Cornell University’s 2019 study that sounded an alarm: 2.9 billion birds have disappeared across North America in the last 50 years, largely due to loss of habitat.

Sharyn and Hannah are special people who have devoted many
years to helping us understand and protect local bird life.
They work on the front-lines of the battle to save wildlife conservation.”

Linda J. Mead, President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust

The 2022 Donald B. Jones Awardees, Hannah Suthers and Sharyn Magee, will be introduced at the Greenway Gala by Paul G. Rodewald of Cornell University, Science Editor, Birds of the World project.

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BACKGROUND

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, has saved over 22,000+ acres of New Jersey land since its founding in 1989.  By preserving land for life and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered in connecting land with people from all walks of life.

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.  The best way to reach D&R Greenway staff is by sending an e-mail to info@drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-578-7470.

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