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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Welcome to Green Acres!

 
Green Acres Mission

To achieve, in partnership with others, a system of interconnected open spaces, whose protection will preserve and enhance New Jersey's natural environment and its historic, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. The Green Acres Program was created in 1961 to meet New Jersey's growing recreation and conservation needs. Together with public and private partners, Green Acres has protected over half a million acres of open space and provided hundreds of outdoor recreational facilities in communities around the State.

The Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007 authorized $12 million for acquisition of lands in the floodways of the Delaware River, Passaic River or Raritan River, and their respective tributaries, for recreation and conservation purposes.  An additional $24 million was approved by the voters in the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009.

Properties (including structures) that have been damaged by, or may be prone to incurring damage caused by, storms or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, are eligible for acquisition.

For further information on this program, and for useful links regarding current emergency management efforts and guidance, please see our Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition page. You may wish to review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

If you are a landowner interested in offering your land for sale to the State under the Blue Acres program, please complete and submit the Blue Acres Offer Application (PDF) and submit it to:

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program
Mail Code 501–01
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ  08625–0420
Make two copies of the completed application. Keep one for your own records and submit one to your towns clerk.

  Benefits of Green Acres
 
 
New and Noteworthy
   
"" Green Acres has an opening for an hourly (part time) Program Specialist; see attached description. Please apply by June 14, 2019.

"" 2019 Funding Applications Received

Green Acres’ 2019 application round closed on March 30, 2019. We received 116 new applications for land acquisition, park development and stewardship projects throughout New Jersey, as well as 61 requests for supplemental funding for previously approved projects. The Acquisition and Park Development / Stewardship lists include all the funding requests. Green Acres is currently reviewing applications for completeness and eligibility, and will rank projects and over the next few weeks.

If you wish to receive an emailed copy of an application, please request it via email at GreenAcresApplications@dep.nj.gov. Anyone wishing to submit comments can do so by May 10, 2019 via email or by ground mail to Green Acres Program, Mail Code 501-01, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. Please reference the project name and number in all correspondence. We will consider all public comments during our review.

"" Readopted Green Acres rules extend the program to 2025.

"" Come check out the latest NJ preservation effort with the NJDEP's Brandee Chapman!

The DEP and partner agencies are pleased to announce the preservation of 2,218 acres of picturesque woodlands in Sussex County.

"This is one of the largest state-coordinated preservation efforts in New Jersey in years," Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Ray Bukowski said. "The acquisition of the conservation easements for this beautiful property will enhance the public's quality of life by creating passive recreational opportunities, preserving wildlife habitats, protecting water quality and preventing future development."

"" NJDEP is once again named a National Trails Day Champion by the American Hiking Society!

"" Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition information and Municipal Demolition Specifications

 
 

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