Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The Morris County Department of Planning and Development has announced that applications for 2012 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 again 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 applications is Friday, June 22.

A tax of 1 ¼ 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 more than $11.6 million in funding for 12 municipal and non-profit open space projects totaling 1,286.5 acres in 11 towns.

Since the Open Space Program began awarding grants in 1994, more than 20,500 acres, or approximately 32 square miles of open space in Morris County have been preserved, slightly larger than the size of Mount Olive.

Morris County voters approved the program in November 1992.

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