The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is delighted to welcome Paige Buzard as a new project consultant. She will be helping us update Hunterdon County’s Farmland Preservation Plan this year.
Paige grew up on a backyard farm on Long Island where the population and development continue to increase. There she observed how even small pieces of protected land can make a huge difference for biodiversity, water quality, and erosion control.
As a landscape designer, Paige appreciates the farmers and landowners who understand that their land is valuable beyond its individual productivity and want to plan in ways that protect waterways, soils, and the pastoral scenery. One of her favorite farm projects was renovating a farm to support a therapeutic riding facility and farm animal rescue organization in Pennsylvania. Paige enjoys researching land use regulations and collaborating with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Equine Science Program to complete design projects.
Paige is an active outdoorswoman who enjoys kayaking, hiking, backpacking, cycling, caving, and competitive trail running.
Paige says, “I was drawn to The Land Conservancy because I feel strongly about having a positive impact on the environment. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about land preservation and conservation in New Jersey. I am happy to give back to the places that are important to me by preserving them for the communities that will enjoy them for generations to come.”