Intern Class of 2019: Chase Palmer

Chase is currently a grad student studying City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University.  His undergrad was at Penn State, and he studied Geography and Community Development, which was in the College of Agriculture. In his free time Chase likes to travel, hike, bike, cook, and read.

During his internship at The Land Conservancy, Chase has been working on Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) and Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) updates. His major projects have been a township in Gloucester County in South Jersey, and a Borough in Morris County in North Jersey. Chase researches the towns using a mix of local, state, and federal data sources, and communicates with local officials.

“I chose to intern here because I wanted to learn more about municipalities throughout New Jersey, and explore regional planning in a different way. I am interested in open space and conservation, and I wanted to be able to complement my grad school degree with this area,” said Chase.

Chase will graduate in May of 2020, and hopes to move back to the Philadelphia area to work for a local entity. “I want to live on a small farm, and work for a planning office within one of the suburban towns or counties. I hope to focus on several areas, including farmland preservation, open space planning, transportation, and smart growth.”