Business Opportunities in New Jersey
State Parks, Forests & Wildlife Management Areas
The Department of Environmental Protection partners with a variety of businesses, non-profits and public agencies through concession contracts, leases and operating agreements to offer the public goods and services in state parks, forests and wildlife management areas. The Department encourages new and innovative ideas for serving our patrons that are consistent with our image and mission. Currently, leases and concessions combined generate approximately $2 million annually.
Under the Office of Leases, the Department administers approximately 280 lease and operating agreements for the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Forestry with nonprofit organizations, local governments, private corporations, and utility companies. The agreements cover a wide variety of subjects and properties, including historic sites, farmland, residences, utilities and golf courses.
In addition, the Division of Parks & Forestry’s State Park Service manages approximately 40 seasonal concession agreements providing such amenities as food services, boat rental, open air theater programming and a cross country ski operation. Through partnerships and concessionaires, the Department can also enhance its educational mission by providing historical re-enactments and other educational programs, known in the park profession as "interpretation."
These programs add vitality, interest, and excitement to our natural environment and fascinating heritage that are preserved and protected. New and innovative partnership and business opportunities and inquiries are welcome.