Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Maryland and educated at Duke University in North Carolina, John Goody's roots run deep along the eastern seaboard, including in Delaware where he contacted The Nature Conservancy to fulfill a promise made to his grandfather to safeguard property held by his family for several generations.
"When my grandfather bequeathed this land to me, he requested that it remain in the family for sentimental reasons," shares John Goody, a retired Marine Corps officer. "Even though we no longer live on the east coast, the value of this land to our family and to Delaware's natural heritage far outweighs any profit we would gain."
After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, which included a tour in Vietnam, Goody earned a masters degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Hawaii, and pursued a second career as Principal and Director of Environmental Consulting for Belt Collins and Associates, an engineering and planning company in Honolulu.
Now retired, Goody consults part-time, while also volunteering and advocating for numerous planning and environmental causes. Closest to his heart includes a position on the Hawaiian Bicycling League's board of directors, where he advocates for bike and pedestrian safety. In his free time, Goody enjoys surf skiing, outrigger canoe paddling, cycling and spending time with his wife of forty years, two grown sons and two grandchildren.
The Goody family's 149-acre property, Burton Farm - located in rapidly developing Sussex County - contains thick stands of poplar, oak, beech, hickory and other trees characteristics of a well-established coastal hardwood forest. Situated along a portion of Beaverdam Creek, the forest moderates climate and controls erosion entering the creek, resulting in cool, clean waters.
"Our family tree will always reach form the east coast -- especially to Delaware, where my grandfather's farm has been protected with the conservation easement we pursued with The Nature Conservancy." concludes Goody. "But Hawaii is home."