Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger on behalf of Gloucester County has received a $1,000,000 Green Acres matching grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Garden State Preservation.
This grant will be used to fund the Gloucester County Open Space Preservation Program and the Farmland Preservation Program.
“Preserving land, improving parks and preserving our natural resources are critical components to ensure high quality, close-to-home recreation and open space for all residents,” said Director Damminger. “We are committed to preserving farmland for our local farmers and expanding our parks across all municipalities so we can continue to get the most out of living in Gloucester County.”
The objective of the Open Space Preservation Program is to expand the existing county and municipal park system in Gloucester County. Through this program the county has been able to expand all three county parks: Red Bank Battlefield, the James G. Atkinson Park and the Scotland Run Park along with five additions of lands adjacent to the County golf course and greenway in Mantua Township.
The objective of the Farmland Preservation Program is to purchase development rights on farms so that the land is permanently preserved and restricted to only agricultural uses. To date, Director Damminger and the Board of Commissioners have preserved over 21,000 acres of farmland.
Director Damminger established the Office of Farmland Preservation in 1999.
For more information on Land Preservation please visit:https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/386/Land-Preservation