The Bureau of Planning & Information Management provides open space and recreation planning guidance and technical assistance for municipal, county, nonprofit, and state open space acquisition and recreation development efforts. The Bureau also provides staff support to the Governor's Council on New Jersey Outdoors.
Geographic Information System Open Space Map
The Bureau administers the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund monies for the preservation of open space and development of recreation facilities. The Bureau prepares the State's Open Space and Recreation Plan that guides the expenditure of federal and state funds for land preservation and recreation projects.
The Bureau's Geographic Information Section, in cooperation with other state agencies and nonprofit groups, is compiling geographical information on New Jersey's open space resources for DEP's ArcInfo Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS, a computerized mapping and data management system, can assemble, store, and manipulate geographically-referenced information, and can display the results in mapped form. Increasingly, the GIS is being used as a planning tool for the state's open space preservation program. Additionally, the section provides technical review of land survey plans for municipal, county, nonprofit and state land acquisition projects to be funded by Green Acres.
To minimize public liability for site cleanup costs, and to be reasonably assured that lands acquired with public funds can be utilized for recreation without risk to public health, the Bureau completes Preliminary Assessments for all state land acquisition projects, and reviews the Preliminary Assessment Reports submitted by Green Trust Management applicants.
For more information about the Bureau of Planning & Information Management or its programs, please call (609) 984-0495 or, to email Project Staff visit our Contact page.