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February 19, 2004

Contact: Erin Phalon
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DEP Green Acres Preserves 113 Acres in Monmouth County:
Allaire State Park Expanded

(04/05) TRENTON - Preserving one of the last remaining undeveloped land parcels in a Monmouth County industrial zone, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the purchase of 113 acres of land adjacent to Allaire State Park in Wall Township.

"This environmentally valuable open space, once in great danger of being lost to industrial use, is yet another preservation victory advancing Governor McGreevey's initiative toward Building a Better New Jersey," said Commissioner Campbell. "The preservation of this property in Monmouth County protects a significant wetland area and enhances public recreational opportunities at one of our treasured state parks."

The parcel, adjacent to the Wall Airport, is located in an industrial zone at Interstate 195 and the Garden State Parkway. The property is situated in the Manasquan Watershed and the Atlantic Coastal Watershed region, and contains significant coniferous wetlands.

The DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry will manage the property as part of its 3,086-acre Allaire State Park. It is the first addition to Allaire State Park in more than 10 years. The preserved land also adjoins an additional 42 acres preserved by Wall Township.

Allaire State Park features a historic 19th-century ironmaking town, Allaire Village. The Manasquan River, which winds through the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. The river's floodplain provides habitat for more than 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy the park's many trails.

The DEP's Green Acres Program purchases land to protect environmentally sensitive open space, water resources and other significant natural and historical open space. Land acquired by Green Acres becomes part of the statewide system of parks and forest, wildlife management areas and natural areas.

Through the Local Assistance Program, Green Acres provides funding to county and municipal governments and nonprofit organizations to acquire open space and parks in their communities.

Green Acres is also committed to providing parks and outdoor recreation facilities, urban wildlife preserves, and quality open spaces in cities, suburbs, and other developed communities throughout the state.

Since Governor McGreevey took office, the Green Acres Program has acquired 51,026 acres of open space - state 32,798 acres, local 9,903 acres, and nonprofit 8,325 acres. To date, the Green Acres Program has protected more than 532,264 acres of open space and provided funding to develop hundreds of parks statewide. The statewide system of preserved open space and farmland totals more than 1.24 million acres.

For more information about the Green Acres program visit the website at www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres.

 

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