The Chadds Ford man who helped give us the Brandywine River Museum, and who led both the Natural Lands Trust and the North American Land Trust, has died, reports Chadds Ford Live.
Andrew L.“Andy” Johnson was a prominent conservationist. He died June 19 at 83.
Johnson was executive director of the Brandywine Conservancy from 1970 to 1976.
He oversaw renovation of the old mill building that would become the Brandywine River Museum, which he later managed.
He served as president of the Natural Lands Trust and the Philadelphia Conservationists from 1979 to 1988.
In 1992, Mr. Johnson founded the North American Land Trust, conserving and managing open spaces that supported natural habitat or agriculture, or had historic or scenic value.
NALT has protected more than 136,000 acres from development across 550 locations nationwide.
“The conservation community has lost a leader, a visionary and a friend,” said Steven Carter, NALT President. “Andy was nationally recognized for his vision, his passion for innovation and his relentless drive to counter the consumption of the natural landscape for development. “
He found his calling and his passion for conservation when he saw organizations dedicated to natural resources at a 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree in Irvine, Calif.
Read more at chaddsfordlive.com about Andrew L. “Andy” Johnson.