Oct 21, 2020, Observer Tribune
EDITOR: For the good of Harding’s natural resources, I voted for Kate Barry and Amanda Richardson for Harding Township Committee and I encourage you to do the same.
Harding is home to a variety of sensitive ecosystems that are local biodiversity hotspots. Kate and Amanda understand the important benets the swamp, wetlands, meadows, vernal pools, and woods provide to wildlife, including state and federally listed endangered and threatened species, and to us as residents. In Harding we enjoy clean air, clean water, and the natural beauty of the landscape.
Kate and Amanda know these ecosystem services must be protected. Amanda grew up with the Great Swamp NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) in her backyard and has moved back to Harding so that her young son can have the same childhood experience with the outdoors.
She has worked to protect our country’s National Land Conservation System with the Wilderness Society, researched the intersection of climate change and land rights with her organization Resource Equity, and identied and tested models that strengthen resource tenure governance and increased the eectiveness of climate change mitigation and adaptation eorts with the USAID-funded Tenure and Global Climate Change project.
Kate has a master’s degree in environmental science. She currently serves on the board of the Great Swamp Watershed Association, a nonprot dedicated to protecting and improving our water resources, on Harding’s Environmental Commission, and on the Community Advisory Group for the EPA (federal Environmental Protection Agency) clean up of the Rolling Knolls superfund site.
Together, Amanda and Kate will always consider the impacts of town activities on our local ecosystems. They plan to preserve additional open space in Harding and will seek out expert advice on land management and the many environmental challenges facing our region including invasive species and climate change. Kate Barry and Amanda Richardson are the best candidates on the environment for Harding Township Committee.
You don’t have to take my word for it! Kate and Amanda received an endorsement from the nonpartisan group the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
Kitchell Road Harding Township