New Jersey’s Inaugural Oak Leaf Awards

On October 21st, The Nature Conservancy held its inaugural Oak Leaf Awards Event, honoring the Huber family and Amy S. Greene Environmental Consulting, Inc. for their exceptional impact on conservation here in New Jersey and beyond.

The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is pleased to announce its first Oak Leaf Award recipients—the Huber family and Amy S. Greene Environmental Consulting, Inc. State Director Barbara Brummer notes that “We launched the Oak Leaf Awards to honor those having an exceptional impact on conservation. By highlighting their accomplishments, we hope others will be encouraged to protect the planet.”

The Huber family generously supports efforts to conserve great natural treasures. In addition to their private philanthropy, the family-owned J.M. Huber Corporation has a long-standing dedication to environmental stewardship.

The Hubers have helped The Nature Conservancy protect great places, from forested land at the headwaters of New Jersey’s Manumuskin River to Maine’s Northern Forest. Their generosity was responsible for the Huber Woods Park and Environmental Center in Monmouth County. The Corporation’s many donations include 1,200 acres of timberland at the Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee.

Family members have served as leaders of numerous conservation organizations, including the American Littoral Society, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Audubon, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Open Space Institute and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. The late Michael W. Huber was a founding trustee and later chair of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.

The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is grateful for all that the family has done to protect crucial lands and advocate for a sustainable world.

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consulting, Inc. (ASGECI) was selected as the first corporate recipient of the Oak Leaf Award for its impressive track-record of balancing human needs with protection of the natural environment. For example, when the New Jersey Turnpike Authority planned to widen the Garden State Parkway, the firm identified the locations of endangered species and helped design a route that avoided critical habitats.

Since 1986, ASGECI has completed over 3,500 projects in New Jersey and ten other states. Staff members also volunteer their time to assist agencies, such as the NJDEP Endangered and Nongame Species Program, and conservation organizations. The Nature Conservancy greatly appreciated the restoration plan they developed for the Minisink Valley Preserve in northern New Jersey.

“When I started my firm,” said Amy Greene “my vision was to be the best at ecological studies—wetlands, forests, endangered species… This scientific foundation results in superior planning that protects environmentally sensitive resources while meeting people’s needs.” Greene continued “I have a great staff, a fantastic combination of scientists and support staff. My name is on the door but the work belongs to the group.”

ASGECI embodies the spirit of the Oak Leaf Awards.

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