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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2008

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

OFF-SEASON SCHEDULE IMPLEMENTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE
OFFICES AT CERTAIN STATE PARKS AND FORESTS

(08/52) TRENTON - Administrative offices at certain New Jersey parks and forests will be open on a shorter, five-day schedule during the fall and winter seasons, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson announced today.

“With crowds gone, fall and winter can be a time of quiet contemplation and communing with nature at our parks and forests,” Commissioner Jackson said. “The public will still be able to enjoy full, seven-day-a-week access to these outdoors opportunities at our parks and forests and the many wonderful programs they offer during the fall and winter. This new schedule affects only administrative offices, and is in line with the way many national and state parks operate during months of lower visitation.”

Offices at affected parks and forests will be open Monday through Friday until March 31, 2009, when they will resume seven-day schedules. Offices at nine parks and forests in various regions of the state will remain open seven days a week to provide administrative support to those that are closed on the weekends.

Campers using three state forests affected by the new schedule - Bass River, Jenny Jump and Stokes - must make reservations for weekends in advance at the respective state forest offices.

State-operated historic sites and nature centers will maintain normal hours of operation, and will continue to host programs and special events on weekends.

Detailed information on the schedule changes is available at park and state forest offices or by going to www.njparksandforests.org.


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