Jean Clark was a visionary

To second Gray Russell’s heartfelt devotional to the late Jean Clark (“Town Square: Jean Clark had a vision for earth,” July 6), add to her list of environmental achievements for the community the creation of the Bonsal Preserve.

She was the visionary who, in the late 1950s, recognized that an isolated, abandoned plot of land at the edge of town, slated for property development, could instead be set aside as wilderness. She lobbied township officials, shepherded the process through Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres approval, and approached the Bonsal family to generously seal the deal with the funding required.

We will forever be grateful for Jean’s foresight, and inspired by her example to preserve the values and world she cherished.

Jonathan Grupper

Montclair