Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Applications for the 2010 Morris County Preservation Trust funding of open space projects are now available.

Any of the 39 municipalities in the county and qualified charitable conservancies are eligible to apply for project funding, said Barbara Murray, open space program coordinator.

A tax of 2 cents per $100 of assessed property value is used to fund the program.

Last year under the open space program, the freeholders approved funding for 17 projects encompassing 1,049 acres spread over 12 communities. The freeholders approved the projects based upon the recommendation of the county’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee.

Morris County Voters approved the creation of the trust fund in 1992, and the freeholders started the program the following year. Since then, nearly 19,000 acres of farmland and open space have been preserved, Murray said.

Additional information and applications may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Department of Planning & Development at 973-829-8120, or by visiting the Morris County Preservation Trust website, www.MorrisPreservation.org .

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, July 23.