Deputy Executive Director, Western New York Land Conservancy
in Buffalo, NY
Jajean Rose-Burney has worked at the Western New York Land Conservancy, a regional land trust, since 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a master’s degree in Urban Planning, both from the University at Buffalo (UB). After graduating in 2007, he worked at the Urban Design Project, a research center at UB. While at UB, Jajean studied and taught in the Sustainable Futures program in Costa Rica. From 2010 to 2012 he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer stationed with Mexico’s federal environmental agency in Puebla. There, he helped protect a large wetland from rapid development, a project that led to an international Ramsar Site designation and a new state park. This project won the 2013 International Planning Award from the American Planning Association (APA). Jajean is a published author, leads bird and nature tours, and volunteers with several environmental organizations.
Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail
BY JAJEAN ROSE-BURNEY
@ VOL 19
ON MAR 14, 2018
"Amid a dense urban environment, a beautiful ribbon of green stretches off into the distance…”
In Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Deputy Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Jajean Burney, describes the vision of a 1.5-mile elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail on the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad corridor in Buffalo, New York. Similar to the High Line park in Manhattan, where an abandoned stretch of the New York Central Railroad has been transformed to a vibrant public space, the goal of the DL&W Rail Trail is to redevelop an obsolete infrastructure as public space to encourage human connection with nature and neighborhoods.