John G Trontis, CPRP


JOHN G. TRONTIS, CPRP, is a nationally certified professional in the field of parks and recreation who is passionate about preserving natural habitats for indigenous plant and animal species, dedicating open space for public recreation and both building and connecting regional public trail systems. John retired on June 1, 2018, after a 38-year career in the field of parks, recreation and conservation in New Jersey, having served recreation agencies in Union County, the Meadowlands Commission, Wayne Township, Hunterdon County and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry, in that order. Most recently, he was responsible for the administration of the NJ State Park Service, a system of over 455,000 acres of parkland, more than 50 state historic sites, museums and villages and over 1000 miles of public trails.

Never one to sit idle in retirement, John is staying active as a volunteer in the field as an Advisory Board Member of our September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. He is also Vice President of the NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, a Trustee with the Warren County (NJ) Parks Foundation, a Member of the Management Committee for the Warren Heritage Scenic Byway and he is active in a multi-agency and volunteer effort to develop a 50+ mile spur of the Highlands Trail that will extend across Warren County, from Allamuchy Mountain State Park to the Delaware River in Phillipsburg. John has also been a District Firewarden for the NJ Forest Fire Service for many years.

John recently returned to the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation in a part-time capacity to tackle special projects. Initially, his focus is the implementation of a trails master plan for the 2000-acre Watchung Reservation, where he began his career as a Park Naturalist in 1980.

John and his wife Kathy live on Montana Mountain, in Washington Township, NJ. Their son Andrew is an orthopedic surgeon in Baltimore, where daughter-in-law Clare is also a physician in pediatrics and internal medicine.