Friday, July 9th, 2010

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2010 Morris County Preservation Trust funding of open space projects is Friday, July 23.

Any of Morris County’s 39 municipalities as well as qualified charitable conservancies in the county is 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, Murray said. The freeholders approved the projects based upon the recommendation of the county’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee.

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 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 .