Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Part of $81 Million Statewide for Green Acres Projects
The Garden State Preservation Trust has approved nearly $81 million in funding for projects statewide that will enhance the quality of life in New Jersey by improving and expanding parks, protecting and conserving open space, increasing public access to waterways, and enhancing land for public enjoyment.
In Morris County, funding was approved for open space projects in Chatham Township. Denville, Hanover, Kinnelon, Madison, and Morristown, plus the Harding Land Trust.
Also, several non-profit environmental organizations received grants for a variety of statewide projects, including some directed to Morris County. Included are the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, and the Trust for Public Land.
“In New Jersey, we have a longstanding tradition of continually expanding our inventory and improving the quality of parks and open space to make sure that everyone has great places to unwind, participate in healthy activities, and enjoy nature and scenic views,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
“This state funding goes hand-in-hand with the Morris County Preservation Trust, plus municipal open space funds and non-profit dollars, to provide money to help preserve our natural spaces, which improves the quality of life in Morris County, making Morris County a great place to locate a family or a business,” said Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers.
The Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT) is an independent authority that reviews state-funded open-space purchases. The funding comes from money approved by voters as well as loan and interest repayments, interest earnings and previously approved projects that did not come to fruition.
The GSPT-approved projects establish new parks and expand existing ones, develop athletic fields and playgrounds, improve access to waterways, create open space, and enhance stewardship by restoring lands for nature and public enjoyment. The Legislature must now approve legislation to formally appropriate the funds for the projects.
Grants in Morris County include:
To view a list of larger statewide projects, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/newsrel/2017/17_0066.htm
To view the entire list of awards, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/greenacres/pdf/2017_GA_Funding_Recommendations.pdf