Hometown Heroes 2017: John W. Pedersen

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John Pedersen

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. – In one of the most extensive Hometown Heroes submissions we received this year, John was described by the Vineland Environmental Commission and three individual nominators as “passionate and tireless in his volunteering to do what he can to improve Vineland in any way he can.”

He spends a lot of his time cleaning up streets and parks, prunes and maintains hundreds of trees, monitors and works on miles of nature trails, inspired and helped create the rain garden in Giampetro Park, and the butterfly sanctuary near the soccer fields on Maple Avenue.

No surprise, John was a 2015 VDID/Main Street Volunteer of the Year. John has assisted with two Eagle Scout projects—the bridge in the White Cedar area of the Maurice River and an outdoor shelter project at the SPCA.

In the nomination, the commission quoted from the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, and said “John is our Lorax.” He’s the one who cares an awful lot and inspires others to join his quest.

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