About Us

The Friends of the Black Run Preserve is a volunteer organization formed in 2012.  Our mission is to preserve and protect the unique natural beauty and Pine Barrens ecology of the Black Run Preserve for the benefit of all citizens.  We strive to maintain the pristine quality of its natural resources while promoting healthy outdoor activities, environmental awareness and education.

The Black Run Preserve is a 1,300 acre parcel of permanently preserved land in Evesham Township, located between the Marlton Lakes and Kings Grant neighborhoods. It is an ecological wonder of Pine Barrens forest, wetlands, streams and old cranberry bogs, and hosts a variety of threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

The Friends of the Black Run Preserve is a volunteer organization formed in 2012.  Our mission is to preserve and protect the unique natural beauty and Pine Barrens ecology of the Black Run Preserve for the benefit of all citizens.

We strive to maintain the pristine quality of its natural resources while promoting healthy outdoor activities, environmental awareness and education.

Friends of the Black Run Preserve will support the Evesham community in being good stewards of the Preserve and helping people to enjoy its many beauties through hiking, school field trips, biking, birdwatching and other forms of compatible recreation. The Friends coordinate many programs and activities within the Preserve, including guided hikes and stewardship projects like clean-ups and trail improvements.

Meet Our Board

Our Board Members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

We establish strategic partnerships with organizations committed to protecting and preserving Black Run Preserve.

John Volpa
Founder/Chair

An avid outdoor enthusiast continuing to promote life-long outdoor recreation in the Pine Barrens.

Joanne Maxwell

A frequent hiker at the Black Run Preserve, Joanne learning more about Pine Barrens ecosystems, with a special interest in birding and botany.

Keara Giannotti

Keara Giannotti

She loves to explore and travel with her husband and daughter, both avid adventurers who occasionally slow down to enjoy all the bugs, birds, and fungi .

Charles Chelotti

Mr. Chelotti, a graduate of Drexel University, is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of construction and engineering experience specializing in various aspects of civil engineering for both public and private clients. This experience includes serving as founder and president of EDS, the Engineer of Record for several municipalities in New Jersey, as well as designer for various land development and municipal infrastructure projects in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Project specific experience provided and/or managed include land surveying, site layout and design, property acquisition due diligence, roadway design and rehabilitation, private and municipal underground utility design, stormwater management design, soil erosion and sediment control design, environmental permitting, oversight of Federally‐funded beach replenishment and other Federal projects, roadway and site development construction oversight, public and private bidding services and contract management, grant writing and management for Federal, state and local grant applications for publically funded infrastructure projects. Mr. Chelotti also has significant experience in land development due diligence and Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

Jill Giulianelli

Jill Giulianelli
Vice President

She believes it is very important to preserve open spaces in New Jersey, like the Black Run Preserve, for conservation and recreation.

Jim Rosenthal

He believes it is very important to preserve open spaces in New Jersey, like the Black Run Preserve, for conservation and recreation.

Rich Taylor

Rich is a Marlton resident and a longtime trail and hiking volunteer. He served as a New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteer, a member of the Long Distance Trails Crew, and supervisor for 22 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Michael Isham, Board Member Emeritus

Mike was a King's Grant resident, a founding member of the FBRP, and its first Secretary. The Black Run stream literally ran through Mike's backyard and fed his passion for FBRP's mission. He currently lives in Georgia with his family.

Rosemarie Lambe
Treasurer

The appreciation and joy that she has for wildlife and animals makes her especially concerned about Black Run Preserve.

Amy Golden

Amy is an avid photographer as well as board member of South Jersey Camera Club and has won many awards for her work. She love nature and outdoor activities.

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