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June 26, 2017

Franklin R. Myers Scholarship: Winner Announced

ACRES is pleased to present the 2017 Franklin R. Myers Scholarship to Graham Brady, a Bernards High School graduating senior pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at Pitzer College in the fall. The award was presented at the Bernards High School Awards Assembly on June 13.

The $500 scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the memory of the late esteemed educator and conservationist, Franklin R. Myers.

For over thirty years as a biology teacher at Bernards High School, this visionary educator inspired and motivated a generation of students in conservation, land stewardship and wildlife management principles.

As creator of New Jersey’s first-in-state living laboratory, the BHS Nature Trail and Wildlife Sanctuary on the school’s six-acre pocket woodland, Franklin Myers’ passion for teaching and preserving the environment encouraged young minds while serving as a role model for the community.

Graham Brady achieved outstanding academic performance and demonstrated leadership and commitment to his school and community through his four years as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 150 of The Boy Scouts of America. His two and half month Eagle project, planning and constructing a 220 foot path and arbor at his elementary school, provides students with an outdoor classroom for interdisciplinary learning.

Serving as a role model to younger Scouts, Graham participated as a Crew Reporter in an 86-mile, twelve day backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch with the Boy Scouts. The following year, he individually participated in a demanding 200 mile, twenty-one day backpacking trek at Philmont, using his outdoor and creative problem-solving skills.

As founding member of the Bernards Jazz Quartet, Graham played his tenor saxophone for multiple community events, engineered live/studio recordings, managed finances and assisted younger musicians in the high school and community. Additionally, Graham participated in his church’s Music and Eucharistic Ministries.

ACRES  is delighted to award the 2017 Franklin R. Myers Scholarship to Graham Brady.

For more information on this scholarship and other ACRES’ initiatives, visit the website at www.acresinfo.org.

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May 8, 2017

Article: “Tree Therapy? ‘Forest Bathers’ Say It Helps” 

The Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/tree-therapy-forest-bathers-say-it-helps-1494154801

 

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Letter to the Editor:  “Elimination of Bernardsville trees called tragic”

May 16, 2016

The Bernardsville News

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-elimination-of-bernardsville-trees-called-tragic/article_9ee1a5cf-50e9-5432-96b3-60b7b897ff27.html

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Article:  “Trees removed for Bernardsville Bank, residents shocked by clearing”

May 4, 2016

The Bernardsville News

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/trees-removed-for-bernardsville-bank/article_c4ba6e5b-ea6a-54f7-9755-ed2436d19f3b.html

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Editorial: “Hideous Tree Removal in Bernardsville”

April 29, 2016

The Bernardsville News

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/opinion/editorial/editorial-hideous-tree-removal-in-bernardsville/article_c093bd61-9cbd-5272-b27b-7dd645aebbb1.html

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Article:  “Another Bernardsville Bank”

April 26, 2016

The Bernardsville News

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/another-bernardsville-bank/image_6ae36c3a-ab9a-5e80-a9ee-ee702daea430.html

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Article: “Environmental scholarship available from Bernardsville group”
March 8, 2016
The Bernardsville News
http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/environmental-scholarship-available-from-bernardsville-group/article_33db54b3-2eda-54a2-b398-992576199e6e.html

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Press Release

October 28, 2014

ACRES, local pocket woodlands advocacy group is granted non-profit status

ACRES, Active Citizens for Responsible Sustainability, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, effective April 12, 2013.

ACRES’ mission is to promote and protect neighborhood pocket woodlands, one acre at a time.

ACRES empowers citizens and grassroots groups to seek responsible and sustainable land use practices.

ACRES promotes awareness of the intrinsic value of pocket woodlands.

ACRES facilitates environmentally-based education programs that underscore the tangible benefits of these small parcels of land.

Small, neighborhood pocket woodlands, especially in New Jersey–the most-densely populated state–create wildlife corridors, are a critical part of our local watersheds, and provide habitat for flora and fauna. ACRES’ concern is that development continually fragments these parcels, threatening critical buffer areas. ACRES maintains that human need for development can co-exist with sound environmental stewardship.

ACRES’ initial efforts began with the Bernards High School lower athletic field ‘regrading’ project. ACRES involvement, in part, resulted in a stream designation, woodland buffers and a stormwater management system. For full project chronology, see our website.

ACRES has come a long way in over a year. We look forward to playing a part in New Jersey’s environmental future.

ACRES thanks its supporters for their ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible land use.

To find out how to contribute to ACRES, go to http://www.acresinfo.org or write us at P.O. Box 555, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. All contributions are tax deductible.
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ACRES is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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