Some Pinelands Commission nominees worry environmental group

The N.J. Sierra Club criticized some of the nominations to the Pinelands Commission made by Gov. Christie Thursday.

Steve Lee and Gary Quinn were among a group of nominees announced this week, but the Sierra Club objects to them.

“The return of Steve Lee to the Pinelands Commission is a dangerous signal that the Christie administration wants to dismantle Pinelands protections,” Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said in a release.

According to the Sierra Club, Lee, a berry farmer, had been a longtime commission member until the Corzine administration.

Regarding Quinn, the mayor of Lacey Township, the Sierra Club stated it believes he is too closely allied with Ocean County development interests.

Not all of the nominees drew the Sierra Club’s ire. For example, it lauded the nominations of Darcy Green, chair of the Bay Head Environmental Commission, and Richard Prickett, a council member in Pemberton. 

Overall, Tittel said that the Sierra Club fears that eventually the Pinelands Commission will have a pro-development bias.

Some Pinelands Commission nominees worry environmental group