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

Keep It Green Applauds Quick Funding of Farmland Preservation Projects

Today, the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), which is responsible for administering the state’s farmland preservation program, approved the next grant funding round for farmland preservation. This funding round was made possible by the passage of the Preserve New Jersey Act at the end of June. The Preserve New Jersey Act allocated funds from the constitutional dedication for open space preservation and stewardship that was overwhelmingly supported by voters in 2014. Read more

Senate Leaders and Keep It Green Celebrate Open Space Victory

Senate President Sweeney and Senator Smith, along with members of Keep It Green held a press conference in Trenton to discuss the importance of the recent passage of the historic “Preserve New Jersey Act” and encouraged the administration to quickly conduct funding rounds for open space, farmland, and historic preservation projects. The Preserve New Jersey Act (S2456), which was passed and signed into law earlier this summer, provided the necessary language to begin funding vital preservation projects consistent with the 2014 constitutional dedication supported by 65% of voters. Read more

Governor Signs Open Space Agreement

Last night, the Governor signed S2456, which provides the authorization necessary to begin funding Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation projects consistent with the 2014 constitutional amendment. Without this language, money has been accruing in Trenton while many preservation projects throughout the State have faced funding challenges as money from the previous funding source has dried up. Read more

Legislature and Governor Reach Open Space Agreement to Uphold Will of Voters

Today, more than a year and a half after 65% of voters overwhelming decided to constitutionally dedicate funds to open space, farmland, and historic preservation, the legislature and Governor reached an agreement that will consistently fund these vital programs. Although Governor Christie initially conditionally vetoed the legislation, a strong bipartisan coalition led by Senators Bateman and Smith worked with the Governor to develop implementation language that addressed the Governor’s concern about Blue Acres while also ensuring money starts flowing and is consistently allocated to State, County, Municipal, and Non-profit projects. Read more

Senate Committed to Open Space Preservation: Will Vote to Override Governor

The State Senate Board list was just released and includes a vote to override the Governor’s veto of S969, “The Preserve New Jersey Act.” The Preserve New Jersey Act ensures that the constitutionally dedicated money for Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation is being properly spent on these projects as voters intended. Read more

Essential Preservation Programs Remain Unfunded as Governor Denies Voters’ Will and Conditionally Vetoes Open Space Legislation

Governor Christie conditionally vetoed S969/A780, the Preserve New Jersey Act, which would have provided the authorization and guidance to begin funding state, county, local and non-profit open space, farmland, and historic preservation programs consistent with the constitutional amendment passed in 2014 with 65 percent of voters’ support. After the Governor pocket vetoed implementation language at the end of last session, both houses of the Legislature prioritized this bill, and passed it again this year with strong bipartisan support. Read more

NJ Senate Approves Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support to Allocate Voter Designated Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Funding

The New Jersey Senate approved, with strong bipartisan support, a bill to appropriate the voter approved funds for open space, farmland, and historic preservation and stewardship. New Jersey Keep It Green (NJ KIG), the state's largest coalition of conservation and historic preservation organizations, commends the Senate for voting to pass S969. This bill ensures that corporate business tax (CBT) revenues constitutionally dedicated to preservation and stewardship of New Jersey’s land, water and historic resources are used as intended by the voters. NJ Keep It Green urges members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the full Legislature to vote on the bill swiftly. S969/A780 is sponsored by Senators Smith and Bateman, and Assembly members Andrzejczak, McKeon, Spencer, Pintor Marin, Dancer, Vainieri Huttle, and Land. Read more

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