May 27, 1986, by Executive Order No. 138, the Governor's Council
on New Jersey Outdoors was created to continue the work of New Jersey's
Conference on Recreational Resources; and
October 18, 1988, by Executive Order No. 1196, the Governor's Council
on New Jersey Outdoors was established as a permanent body consistent
with the recommendations of citizens made during the Council's public
hearing process; and
study and identification of the open space and recreational needs
of the State continues to be an essential part of the planning process
to meet these needs; and
particular, the study and identification of current and future sources
of funding, with special emphasis on identifying stable sources
of funding for the future, is an area requiring the immediate attention
of the Council and the State in order to ensure that the State's
open space and recreational needs are met in the most effective
and efficient means possible;
I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. The Council
known as the Governor's Council on New Jersey Outdoors (hereinafter
referred to as the "Council") is hereby continued to consist of
nineteen (19) members to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure
of the Governor.
2. The makeup
of the Council shall be as follows:
(1) representative shall be from an urban municipality;
(1) representative who serves in government at the county level;
(1) representative from the New Jersey Recreation and Parks
(2) public members;
(4) members of the Legislature: two Senators, one of each political
party; and two Assemblypersons, one of each political party,
appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the President
of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly;
(10) representatives of the various civic and social organizations,
including representatives with a background in finance, business
and industry, health and medicine, arts and culture, the environment,
coastal issues, handicapped affairs, and recreational sports.
3. All members
shall serve, without compensation, at the pleasure of the Governor.
Council vacancies shall be filled by the Governor as necessary.
4. The Governor
shall select from among the members of the Council a Chairperson
and two Vice-Chairpersons, who shall have all the powers and duties
of the Chairperson.
5. The Council
shall be empowered to conduct public hearings and to accept public
testimony to continue with its work, particularly to study the
current and future open space, urban recreation, recreation, and
natural resource preservation needs of the citizens of the State
of New Jersey, and to study current and future sources of funding
to meet these needs, with particular emphasis on identifying stable
sources of funding for the future.
6. The Council
shall prepare and submit to the Governor findings and recommendations
it deems necessary for providing high quality open space and recreation
resources for the citizens of the State of New Jersey and, in
particular, as soon as is practicable, and in no case later than
fifteen (15) months after the effective date of this Order, the
Council shall prepare and submit a report evaluating current sources
of funding and providing findings and recommendations on future
sources of funding, with special emphasis on identifying stable
sources of funding.
7. The Council
is authorized to call upon any department, office, division, or
agency of this State to supply it with the data and other information,
personnel or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties
under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency
is hereby directed, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to
cooperate with the Council and to furnish it with such information,
personnel, and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purposes
of this Order.
Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal,
this 3rd day of August in the Year
of Our Lord; one thousand nine
hundred and ninety-five, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the two hundred and nineteenth.
Christine Todd Whitman
Chief Counsel to the Governor