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(03/6) Trenton--- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Intrawest Corporation announced today that they have finalized an agreement to preserve more than 1,800 acres atop Hamburg Mountain, saving critical natural resources in the Highlands from future development.

"This agreement is a tribute to Governor McGreevey's commitment to protect Hamburg Mountain and preserve the Highlands for future generations," said DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell. "We want to steer development into appropriate areas of New Jersey while ensuring more green space and cleaner waterways for its residents and visitors."

Under the deal, DEP's Green Acres program is buying 451 acres from Mountain Creek Resort, Inc. of which Intrawest is the parent company. The company is donating an additional total of 1,398 acres - protecting more than 1,800 acres of forested land.

The agreement for the $7.1 million purchase property limits Mountain Creek to maintaining existing snowmaking equipment and accessing lake water to make snow to service ski trails and other mountain top tracts. The purchased lands will otherwise remain as undeveloped open space.

"As the Governor reminded us in his State of the State address, the Highlands support an abundance of natural resources in this state," Campbell added. "That's why he has proposed to dedicate an additional $50 million over the next three years for the Highlands, which provides one-third of New Jersey's drinking water."

On the donated property, the agreement allows the corporation to maintain existing ski trails and snowmaking equipment and also allows for limited expansion of ski trails and related facilities. All other development rights to the property are relinquished.

DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry will oversee and manage all 1,800 acres covered in this land purchase first announced by Governor McGreevey at a ceremony in Vernon in June.



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