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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2005

Contact: Alescia Marie Teel
(609) 984-1795

DEP Announces Acquisition of Additional Open Space in Greenwich Township

(05/121) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell and Greenwich Township Deputy Mayor Greg Blaszka today announced the acquisition of 98 acres within the New Jersey Highlands in Warren County.

“This beautiful property serves as an example of the State’s commitment to the New Jersey Highlands,” said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. “By protecting an additional 98 acres of open space we are helping to maintain the rural character and quality of life in Greenwich Township for future generations.”

DEP Green Acres Program, Greenwich Township, Morris Land Conservancy (MLC) and The Warren County Municipal & Charitable Conservancy Trust Fund partnered to use matching funds to acquire the New Village Associates property for $1.2 million. This property will continue as actively farmed land, while also serving as open space for passive recreation like bird watching and hiking.

“Together DEP, Greenwich Township and their partners have preserved over 187 acres of watershed land to protect vital water resources that serve 5.4 million New Jersey residents,” said Commissioner Campbell. “This acquisition also preserves valuable forest areas and provides additional open space for passive recreation like walking, hiking, or enjoying a breathtaking view of the New Jersey Highlands.”

The DEP Green Acres Program also partnered with Greenwich Township in April to acquire more than 89 acres of farmland at the Hamlen property. The area was actively farmed land that has been conserved as municipal open space.

“On behalf of the residents of Greenwich I am thankful to our state and county officials for their support in preserving this environmentally sensitive land,” said Deputy Mayor Greg Blaszka of Greenwich Township. “Without these important relationships projects such as this could not be accomplished.”

The New Jersey Highlands is a 1,000 square mile area in the Northwest region of the State, stretching from Phillipsburg in the Southwest to Ringwood in the Northeast. The Highlands covers portions of seven counties and 87 municipalities. Sixty-four percent of New Jersey residents rely on water resources located within the Highlands.

During 2005, the DEP Green Acres Program has preserved more than 28,678 acres of open space. The program has protected a total of over 586,687 acres of open space, in addition to providing funding for the development for hundreds of parks throughout New Jersey. To date the statewide system of preserved open space and farmland totals over 1.3 million acres.

 

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