Land Preservation Director Sandy Urgo joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey staff in 2002 after spending the previous two decades pursuing her interests in open space preservation and sustainable land use in Northern New Jersey.

A former two-term Mayor of Roxbury, New Jersey, Sandy also served for eight years on the Roxbury Township Council, serving her hometown on Roxbury’s Land Use Board, Open Space Committee, and Environmental Commission.  She has a broad range of experience in open space preservation, land use, water supply, and other environmental issues.  Her years of experience and service to several non-profit organizations concerned with sustainable development and environmental protection have proven invaluable to The Conservancy’s work.

Sandy’s endless enthusiasm for her work rarely fails to escape notice, and is an important part of what has made our Land Team so successful. In addition to the challenge of preserving land, Sandy especially enjoys helping landowners.  She finds The Conservancy’s work assisting flood victims particularly rewarding.  “Whether we are reclaiming a landscape or permanently conserving one, our work is exciting.  When we can also make an immediate difference in the life of a family that has been hit hard, it is really inspiring and gratifying.” 

Sandy’s work time and “free” time often overlap as she also enjoys hiking and wildlife photography.  Two of her photographs were winners in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program’s 50th Anniversary Photo Contest, standouts among hundreds of entries.  One of these, “Red Fox at WildAcres” was taken outside The Conservancy’s headquarters at WildAcres Preserve.

To summarize one guiding principle of our Land Team, Sandy quotes the Roman philosopher Seneca:  “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,”  adding her own “We stay ready to ensure no opportunity is lost.”

Sandy’s favorite acre:  Dunker Falls, Pequannock Watershed Preserve – “A stunning beaver pond lies below this beautiful little waterfall, the first to be protected by The Conservancy.  The pristine property is a classic example of the rugged terrain of the Highlands that protect drinking water for so much of our State.”

Email Sandy at surgo@tlc-nj.org