Open Space Committee


At this point, the Open Space Trust Fund Committee meeting dates for application review, site visits, and final presentations are subject to change. Please continue to check the program website for updates.

All meetings are held at 30 Schuyler Place (2nd Floor Conference Room), Morristown, unless otherwise noted.


  • Wednesday, March 18 @ 7:30 PM canceled
  • Tuesday, July 30 @ 7PM, via WebEx
  • September 29 @ 7 PM
  • October 3 (Site visits)
  • October 20 (Final presentations)
  • December 16 @ 7 PM













The Morris County Open Space Committee reviews, prioritizes and makes recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders on the funding or projects which fall into the municipal/qualified charitable conservancy category. This fifteen (15) member Committee consists of one representative from each of the eight municipal regions in the county (see the Map of County Regions), plus representatives from the County Planning Board, County Agriculture Development Board, County Park Commission, County Municipal Utilities Authority, County Trail Program Advisory Committee, and two members-at-large. The Committee members are appointed by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders pursuant to the Rules and Regulations of the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund (Section

Since its creation in 1994, 147 representatives have served on the Committee (see the Membership History of the Morris County Open Space Committee)


2020 Open Space Committee Members

  • Jacqueline Albrecht – Region III – Roxbury
  • Jennifer Cooper – Region I – Chester Borough
  • Nita Galate – Morris County Trail Program Advisory Committee and Morris County Planning Board
  • Robin Jones – Region VI – Pequannock
  • Suzanne McCluskey – Region VII – Morris Plains
  • Robert Norton – Region IV – Wharton
  • Kaushik (Casey) Parikh – At-Large
  • Don Richardson – Region VIII – Long Hill
  • Elliott Ruga – Region V – Boonton Town
  • Mohamed Seyam – At-Large
  • David Sprandel – Region II – Mendham Borough
  • Laura Szwak – Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Matthew Tal – Morris County Park Commission
  • Jay Thomson – Morris County Agriculture Development Board

Freeholder Liaisons

  • Stephen H. Shaw
  • Thomas J. Mastrangelo (alternate)