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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7/31/02
02/62

Contact: Mary Helen Cervantes
609-292-9289

DEP COMMISSIONER HIGHLIGHTS
$13.6 MILLION
COMMITTED TO PARK IMPROVEMENTS

(02/62) Trenton---Governor 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.

 

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