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How many acres of natural lands have been converted to developed lands per day over the time period 1995-2002 according to the NJDEP's land use land cover data?

The following table contains data on the gross changes in the URBAN and BARREN LAND categories combined together, between 1995 AND 2002, and can provide important information on changes to natural lands in New Jersey. The total acreage values listed in the right hand column represent the total number of acres in each county that were either AGRICULTURE, FOREST, WATER, or WETLANDS in 1995 and which were converted to new URBAN or BARREN LAND by 2002. The conversion of lands to URBAN and BARREN represents a probable permanent loss of natural habitat in the state.

The total acreage of each of the four categories converted to URBAN or BARREN LAND is listed for each county, as well as the total of all categories, and calculations of yearly and daily conversion rates during the period between 1995 and 2002. In the 7-year period between 1995 and 2002, 130,473 acres of AGRICULTURE, FOREST, WATER, or WETLANDS were converted to new URBAN or BARREN LAND.

On an acre-per-day basis, natural lands have been converted to developed and barren lands at a rate of over 51 acres per day, between 1995 and 2002. Many times you may hear NJDEP representatives refer to the loss as "about 50 acres per day."

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Natural Land Use:
to a
Barren or Urban
Land Use Type

Agriculture

Forest

Water

Wetlands

 

TOTAL (acres)

ATLANTIC

804.59

5,664.76

291.39

280.71

 

7,041.44

BERGEN

97.21

2,223.66

15.77

389.90

 

2,726.54

BURLINGTON

4,845.14

4,285.21

20.67

1,572.51

 

10,723.53

CAMDEN

501.82

2,232.13

58.22

254.24

 

3,046.41

CAPE MAY

351.71

1,744.62

177.62

466.25

 

2,740.20

CUMBERLAND

1,006.15

2,248.25

98.45

492.96

 

3,845.81

ESSEX

57.75

853.55

6.95

175.67

 

1,093.93

GLOUCESTER

4,378.27

3,146.78

49.80

594.53

 

8,169.38

HUDSON

0.00

845.24

19.22

61.53

 

925.99

HUNTERDON

5,201.92

3,265.49

4.36

355.54

 

8,827.31

MERCER

3,715.33

2,005.29

10.93

929.02

 

6,660.57

MIDDLESEX

3,525.19

3,813.14

27.40

1,650.53

 

9,016.26

MONMOUTH

6,788.48

6,110.30

44.30

2,494.04

 

15,437.12

MORRIS

1,498.14

6,604.08

70.22

705.97

 

8,878.42

OCEAN

856.02

11,424.49

674.68

960.72

 

13,915.90

PASSAIC

24.19

1,372.06

35.70

175.69

 

1,607.64

SALEM

1,273.18

845.25

7.90

305.62

 

2,431.95

SOMERSET

4,698.18

4,803.22

25.24

1,149.92

 

10,676.56

SUSSEX

2,186.42

4,179.18

12.84

294.56

 

6,673.00

UNION

13.13

730.43

11.87

123.90

 

879.33

WARREN

2,791.23

2,209.35

24.24

95.21

 

5,120.03

 

 

TOTAL (acres)

7 year Loss:

44,614.07

70,606.48

1,687.77

13,529.02

 

130,437.33

Annual Loss:

6,373.44

10,086.64

241.11

1,932.72

 

18,633.90

Daily Loss:

17.46

27.63

0.66

5.30

 

51.05

 

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