Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The Morris County Department of Planning and Development has announced that applications for 2011 funding of open space projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust are now available online at
www.morrispreservation.org/OpenSpaceApplication.htm.

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.

The online application process this year is fully integrated with the county’s Geographic Information System to make it easier for an applicant to apply and to maintain the applicant’s open space inventory, Murray said.

Instructions for completing the application are also available on the Preservation Trust website, Murray said.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, June 24.

A tax of 1 ½ cents per $100 of assessed property value is being used to fund this year’s program.

Last year, based upon the recommendation of the county’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee, the freeholders approved funding for 15 projects encompassing 738.1 acres spread over 13 communities.

Voters approved the creation of the trust fund in 1992, and the freeholders started the program the following year. Since then, nearly 20,000 acres of farmland and open space have been preserved, Murray said.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Department of Planning and Development at 973-829-8120.