New Jersey Conservation Foundation
 
New Jersey Conservation Foundation Menu
NJCF Homepage Contact Us Donate Events Search NJCF
New Jersey Land Conservation Organization
Donate to New Jersey Conservation Foundation
State We're In New Jersey Conservation Foundation Blog
June and open space: Perfect together
5/25/2017 Volume XLVII, No. 21

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” So begins James Russell Lowell’s poem extolling the beauty and restorative powers of nature during this magical month when spring blossoms into summer, with the longest days of the year.

June also happens to be New Jersey’s inaugural Open Space Month! These long “perfect days” are perfect for discovering the rich variety of lands our state has permanently preserved.

How about getting out in June to hike, fish, bike, kayak, connect with nature and unwind - while appreciating the beauty of these preserved open spaces?

Open Space Month kicks off on Thursday, June 1, when several of New Jersey’s legislative environmental champions will speak at the State House in Trenton about New Jersey’s progress toward preserving open space and the challenges ahead.

New Jersey Keep It Green is leading this campaign, which includes events throughout June - hikes, festivals, walks, tastings, bike tours, camping and more. To see the full calendar, visit https://www.facebook.com/NJKeepItGreen/.

You can also celebrate Open Space Month by entering the Instagram photo contest. Photographers of all levels are invited to follow the @njkeepitgreen page on Instagram, take photos of favorite natural places in New Jersey and post them under the hashtag #shareyourspacenj. Keep It Green will award cash prizes to the winners’ favorite conservation groups in random drawings … helping to promote the preservation of even more land!

Did you know that the Garden State has nearly 1.5 million preserved acres, including over 1.2 million acres of open space and more than 200,000 acres of preserved farmland? That’s a lot of photo ops!

Yet, New Jersey is the nation’s most densely populated state, with an average of about 1,200 people per square mile. Preserving land for the health and enjoyment of current and future generations – and for the wide diversity of animals and plants that make New Jersey their home – is critical for our state.

The good news: In 2014, in a major victory for preservation, voters approved a constitutional amendment to permanently fund open space by dedicating a portion of the state’s corporate business tax revenues. Last year, the state Legislature and Governor Christie reached an agreement on how to allocate the funds among the state’s Green Acres, farmland preservation, historic sites preservation and Blue Acres programs.

Earlier this month, the money was released when the governor signed a bill appropriating nearly $60 million from the open space fund to support a wide range of projects. Under the bill, $26.6 million will be spent on land acquisition, $26.5 million will go toward capital projects in state parks and wildlife refuges, and the remaining $6.4 million will fund the Blue Acres initiative, in which the state buys and razes homes in flood-prone areas.

The land acquisition list includes:

  • $4.3 million for properties on the Cape May Peninsula, including additions to Cape May Point State Park and Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area;
  • $3.7 million for properties in the Ridge and Valley Greenway, including linkages between public lands like the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Stokes State Forest, High Point State Park and Jenny Jump State Forest.
  • $3.3 million for “Crossroads of the American Revolution” properties, including Revolutionary War battlegrounds, encampment sites, barracks and soldier footpaths;
  • $3.5 million for the Delaware Bay Watershed Greenway, especially lands that protect the corridors of major rivers draining into the bay;
  • $5 million for land in the Highlands Greenway, which is critical to ensuring the integrity of New Jersey’s water supplies and maintaining biodiversity; and
  • $1.5 million for land in the Pinelands, to ensure water quality, ecosystem integrity and continued recreational activities like canoeing/kayaking, camping and hunting.

Celebrate Open Space Month by visiting beautiful preserved lands near you – New Jersey’s parks, forests, waters, natural areas, historic sites and farms!

And be sure to let your elected officials – and candidates for public office - know that you support land preservation. New Jerseyans will elect a new governor and a new Legislature this November, and it’s critically important that the successful candidates are committed to continuing New Jersey’s open space and environmental legacy.

Keep it Green is a coalition of over 175 conservation and outdoor groups who have successfully worked together to secure permanent funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey's waterways, forests, natural areas, farmland, wildlife habitat, parks and historic sites for New Jersey residents and future generations. To learn more about Keep It Green, go to http://www.njkeepitgreen.org/.

To find preserved lands and trails, go to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website at www.nynjtc.org or visit the New Jersey Trails Association at www.njtrails.org.

And for more about preserving New Jersey’s land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at www.njconservation.org or contact me at info@njconservation.org.

 

POSTS

Save the bugs!

Check out New Jersey's fall bird migration

A little bit of respect...for native plants!

Explore New Jersey's wildflower meadows

All aboard floating classrooms

Catch the Perseids meteor shower!

Check out the 'fun' in fungi

Too hot to think? Studies shows heat affects your brain

Love NJ's outdoors? Take action now!

New Jersey's official reptile, the bog turtle

Sea level rise and New Jersey: Not perfect together

These New Jersey plants have an appetite for insects

Explore the Pine Barrens through paddles, hikes and tours

Like to jog? 'Plog' instead and keep NJ clean

Love Jersey fruit? Thank our native pollinators!

Good news for globally rare swamp pink lilies

Say cheese! Remote cameras aid wildlife research

Begone, single-use plastic bags!

3,000 birds and counting for 'bluebird grandfather'

The Pine Barrens gets some help from its friends

A clean energy future for New Jersey

Cowtown and rare grassland birds, perfect together

Fight light pollution during International Dark Sky Week

New film tells story of how Petty's Island was saved

Ten years of nipping invasive species in the bud

Welcome spring in a county park

Go for a walk and feel better!

Grab a friend and go outside

Recycle your way to zero waste!

Last call for winter wildlife watching on Jersey coast

Without its 'understory' layer, the forest will collapse

From whale songs to poetry, a remarkable journey

A cleaner, greener New Jersey

Let's keep New Jersey the Garden State, not the Pipeline State

New Jersey's winter hikes

'Trees don't vote' but Byrne saved Pine Barrens anyway

Governor-elect Murphy should set new course on the environment

Protect soils to keep the garden in our state

Clean, plentiful water is New Jersey's lifeblood

A breath of fresh air for New Jersey?

Keep Liberty State Park free and open

A green agenda for Governor-elect Murphy

Life, liberty ... and a clean environment

New Jersey's aging water infrastructure

The land before time: NJ's Kittatinny Ridge & Valley

While bats hibernate, scientists hope for survival

Natural Resource Damages fund new parks and preserves

Save menhaden, a humble but mighty fish

Ballot question approval would lock in environmental funds

Sandy Millspaugh: Conservation Trailblazer

ARCHIVE

September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011

CLICK FOR RECENT POSTS


New Jersey Conservation Foundation on FacebookNew Jersey Conservation Foundation on TwitterNew Jersey Conservation Foundation on FlickrNew Jersey Conservation Foundation YouTube ChannelShare      
New Jersey Conservation Foundation           Bamboo Brook, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931           908-234-1225           info@njconservation.org
home  | nj statewide eventscontact us  |  sitemap  |  privacy policy  |  DONATE