DEP PRESERVES 288 ACRES IN WARREN COUNTY
(07/17) TRENTON - Emphasizing the importance of preserving
the state's biodiversity through land acquisition, Department of
Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced
the purchase of 288 acres of open space in Warren County.
"Buying private land is one of the best ways we can safeguard
the natural resources that make New Jersey so unique," Commissioner
Jackson said. "By preserving this land, we are protecting precious
wildlife and providing the public with a place to recreate and enjoy
nature at its very best."
DEP and the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust purchased the property
from private owners for $3.3 million. The Trust contributed $824,450
using funds provided by the New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council,
and DEP's Green Acres program contributed the balance of the purchase
price through the State Land Acquisition program.
"While this acquisition provides an opportunity for enhanced
recreation through the connection of extensive open space holdings,
more importantly it protects critical habitat for rare plant and
animal species," said Michael Catania, the Natural Lands Trust's
The newly acquired land will expand a greenway that extends from
Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope to Allamuchy State Park in Hackettstown.
Located in Frelinghuysen Township, the site consists of forested
wetlands and is ideal habitat for the state-endangered and federally
threatened bog turtle. The newly preserved tract is also home to
a number of rare plants including the state-endangered few flower
spike rush and large water plantain. The New Jersey Natural Lands
Trust will manage the property as part of its 300-acre Bear Creek
The DEP Green Acres program purchases land to protect environmentally
sensitive open space, water resources and other significant natural
and historical open space. Land acquired becomes part of the statewide
system of parks and forests, wildlife management areas and natural
In 2006, Green Acres preserved or assisted in preserving 16,000
acres of open space. Since its inception in 1961, the program has
protected more than 600,000 acres of open space, in addition to
providing funding for the development of hundreds of parks throughout
New Jersey. New Jersey's statewide system of preserved open space
and farmland now amounts to over 1.3 million acres.
For more information about DEP's Green Acres Program, visit www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres.
For more information about the Natural Lands Trust and the Bear
Creek Preserve, visit www.njnlt.org.