$31M in Farmland and Historic Preservation Grants Advance

The momentum of New Jersey’s open space preservation program continued Tuesday when the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT) unanimously approved $31 million in farmland and historic preservation grant requests.   Read more

Instagram Contest a Great Success

Congratulations to our 4 Instagram winners, chosen as part of our inaugural Open Space Month celebrated thru June. Keep It Green made a $1,000 donation in each winner's name to the conservation organization of their choice. The winning photos and organizations are pictured here: Week #1 Dawn Foiles of Howell, sunset/Manasquan River, Conserve Wildlife Foundation. Week #2 Susan Rogozinski of Millville, sunset/Delaware Bay, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. Week #3 Rich Romano of Wayne, Belmar Fishing Club, League of Historical Societies of NJ. Week #4 Pretty Bird Farm of Delaware Township, milkweed, Hunterdon Land Trust.  Read more

NJ Keep It Green Coalition Receives Recognition from NJ Senate

TRENTON – The New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition was honored in the New Jersey Senate on Thursday with a ceremonial resolution recognizing the innovative land preservation work of the 150-member coalition. The resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) cites the “vital role” of the coalition in securing long-term preservation funding by dedicating a portion of the corporate business tax specifically to open space, farmland, and historic preservation.  Read more

NJ Keep It Green Celebrates Open Space Month

TRENTON – Leaders of New Jersey Keep It Green, a coalition of more than 175 conservation-focused organizations representing urban, suburban, and rural interests throughout the state, were joined at the Statehouse on Thursday by legislative advocates to kick off the state’s first Open Space Month. The designation is to showcase New Jersey’s national leadership role in land preservation dating back to the start of the Green Acres program a half-century ago, and to amplify the many critical challenges to clean water, air, and land that remain. Read more

NJ Keep It Green Celebrates Preservation Successes, Highlights Conservation Needs During Inaugural Open Space Month

TRENTON – New Jersey Keep It Green, a coalition of more than 175 conservation-focused organizations representing every corner of the state, is proud to announce its inaugural Open Space Month happening this June. From High Point to Cape May, Open Space Month is designed to recognize New Jersey’s diverse and beautiful network of preserved land, working farms, historic structures, parks, hiking and biking trails, and fishing and boating spots that contribute to the quality of life for 9 million residents.  Read more

Keep It Green Applauds Unanimous, Bipartisan Agreement on Farmland Preservation Funding

TRENTON – Four bills that appropriate voter-approved funds to the preservation of farmland have received unanimous, bipartisan support from the Senate Environment Committee. Members of New Jersey Keep It Green, the state’s largest coalition of conservation groups, were on hand as the committee voted to advance each bill on Monday. Taken together, the bills appropriate more than $65 million to farmland preservation through state, county and local efforts. Additionally, legislation appropriating $60 million in voter-approved Green Acres funding was signed into law last week.   Read more

Keep It Green Coalition Applauds Signing of Green Acres Funding Bill

New Jersey can once again build on its impressive legacy of land preservation, conservation, and protection now that the governor signed a law releasing $59.5 million in voter-approved Green Acres funding. Read more

Conservation Groups Applaud $121M in Green Acres, Farmland and Historic Preservation Grants

More than $121 million in new open space, farmland and historic preservation grants were approved by the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT) on Friday, the penultimate step in a long process of getting money flowing to scores of worthwhile land acquisition, recreational development and farmland and historic preservation projects throughout the state. Read more

Keep It Green Lauds $67M in New Green Acres Grants, Urges NJ Communities to Apply

NJ Keep It Green, the state's largest coalition of conservation, park, agriculture and historic preservation organizations, applauds the announcement of a new grant funding round for Green Acres projects.  In making the announcement Monday, the Department of Environmental Protection set a Feb. 15, 2017 deadline for eligible counties, municipalities and nonprofits to apply for funds for park development, land acquisition and stewardship. A total of $67.4 million in grants is available.  Read more

Newark’s Riverfront Park: An Example Partnership

Today, the City of Newark, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protect, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and Keep It Green member organization, The Trust for Public Land, broke ground on a four acre expansion of Newark Riverfront Park along the Passaic River. The public/private partnership between the city, state, and non-profits has leveraged over $6 million for this historic project, which will create access to open space and recreational opportunities for thousands of families. Read more

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