DEP COMMISSIONER HIGHLIGHTS
COMMITTED TO PARK IMPROVEMENTS
McGreevey and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell highlighted today that
the department will spend $13.6 million in fiscal year 2003
to improve the state's parks, forests and historic sites.
"Governor McGreevey is committed to
preserving New Jersey's state parks, forests and historic
sites," said Commissioner Campbell. "Our Governor
understands the value of these diverse resources, which
are critical to preserving to the rich heritage of our state."
Top priorities for the funding include
the restoration and renovation of the High Point State Park
Interpretive Center; a new HVAC system for the historic
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal within Liberty State
Park; the restoration and development of the Batsto Visitors
Center at Wharton State Forest; painting and repairs to
the exterior of the Barnegat Lighthouse; and various other
renovation and maintenance projects.
"We are pleased to move forward with
these projects and hope that the improvements will enhance
the appreciation of our natural and historic resources,
as well as educate the public about the need to maintain
them," Commissioner Campbell added.
These funds include the $1.8 million
recently released for the much anticipated restoration and
development of the Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston.
The DEP is responsible for the stewardship and management
of over 360,000 acres, which includes 39 parks, 11 forests,
57 historic sites and districts, 42 natural areas, 3 recreation
areas, 5 marinas, and various other facilities.