PLEASE NOTE: Rescheduled due to inclement weather! New date is Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - see details below.

New Jersey Highlands Coalition & the Byram Township Environmental Commission
present a NJ Highlands Coalition Film Series/Tri-County Regional Forum event...

The Race for Open Space


The Highlands Rediscovered

Movies will be followed by a panel discussion with special guest speakers.

New Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 • 7:00pm

Morris Museum's Bickford Theater
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
GPS Coordinates: 40.795862,-74.452779
(Click here for Google Map or here for the Morris Museum's directions page)

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition and Byram Township Environmental Commission invite you to a very special evening of film and panel discussion. This event is part of an ongoing series hosted by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.

There is no charge for admission, please bring friends and family! Please RSVP by Saturday, February 5, 2011 via email to or by phone to New Jersey Highlands Coalition Policy Analyst and Campaign Coordinator Elliott Ruga at 973.588.7190 x2.

About the films

The Race For Open Space (54 minutes): The decisions we make today on land-use will affect generations beyond our own children and grandchildren. New Jersey is in a race that will shape the future of our lives – a race between development and open space preservation. The tug of war between preserving open space and providing homes for families and individuals has created a tension between developers and environmentalists that feels insurmountable. How will we in New Jersey handle this problem? The prognosis is alarming, but there is hope and there is time to manage development for the good of all through smart growth and open space preservation.

The Highlands Rediscovered (26 minutes): In 2002 a U.S. Forest Service study of the New York-New Jersey Highlands reported in no uncertain terms that accelerating development in this northeastern "green belt" would significantly compromise the Highlands water supply, a source of naturally clean water for millions of people in cities and suburbs along the coast. The Highlands Rediscovered explores what makes this region special by focusing on the natural history of the Highlands, as seen through the eyes of professionals who study and work there. Shot in High Definition video with an emphasis on recording the Highlands' physical attributes, this program is a visually captivating exploration of an under-appreciated wilderness surrounded by - and supplying water to - one of the most densely-populated areas in the nation.

Production of both films was made possible by funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the films are being provided for our use courtesy of our friends at NJN Public Television.

About the Panel Members

Wilma Frey is Senior Policy Manager, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), as well as the Highlands Coalition Coordinator and Project Director. Wilma has staffed NJCF's Highlands policy program since 1990. She provides the Highlands advocates with expertise on environmental policy and land use planning, government relations, and community organizing. Wilma holds Master's degrees in Landscape Architecture and Public Administration, both from Harvard University.

Eric Stiles is the Chief Operating Officer and VP Conservation & Stewardship, New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS). He worked as a landscape ecologist and endangered species biologist for nearly a decade before joining NJAS in 2002. Completing his Ph.D. in Ecology, Eric has a strong science background, which serves as the bedrock for his advocacy campaigns. New Jersey Audubon Society’s 21,000 members are dedicated to conserving, interpreting and researching the natural wonders of this region.

Bob Szuter has written and produced a variety of broadcast specials that focus on New Jersey’s history, its natural history, and its environment. Many of these shows, while focused on New Jersey, have been distributed nationally and broadcast on PBS stations all across America, sought after for their wealth of informative content and visual appeal. Bob has worked in film and video production at NJN since 1987, first as an associate producer, sound recordist, and editor, and more recently as a writer and producer. He attended Brown University, majoring in both American History and Semiotics (now Media/Communications). In 1999, Bob received the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement as a Writer in the Programming category. In July 2001, he was one of twenty producers across the country chosen to attend the first annual PBS Producers Academy Workshop at WGBH, an eight-day intensive workshop with some of the leading figures in all aspects of production for PBS.

About The New Jersey Highlands Coalition
508 Main Street • Boonton, NJ 07005 • 973.588.7190 •
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition represents a diverse network of organizations — small and large, local, regional, statewide and national — and individuals. Our mission is to represent their common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than four million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water.

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