SJLWT works to preserve and protect farmland, open space and critical habitats within South Jersey. In addition, SJLWT assist land owners and municipalities in the farmland and open space preservation process.
BENEFITS OF PRESERVING OPEN SPACE PROTECTION IN SOUTHERN NJ
"Sprawl development spreads housing and jobs over large land areas, consuming forests and farmland six times faster than the population growth rate. According to the Regional Plan Association, population in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area grew by only 2 % between 1970 and 1995, yet we lost 30% of our fields and forests. Since 1950 New Jersey has lost more than half its farmland-nearly 1 million acres. And the number of farms has dropped by two-thirds, from 26,900 in 1950 to 9,000 in 1995" (excerpt Open Space is a Good Investment, ANJEC Resource Paper).
1. Land preservation is a key component in planning and directing development that may otherwise contribute to increased public spending on services and subsequent tax increases:
2. Land preservation has been shown to increase property values in areas adjacent to or in close proximity to open space, providing for higher tax ratables from those properties.
3. Land Preservation encourages economic benefits of eco-tourism activities such as bird- watching, hunting and other outdoor recreation activities (NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife handout).
1. Provides for greater recharge of surface groundwater and deep groundwater aquifers due to increased rates of infiltration into soils;
2. Provides for wildlife habitat which supports populations of migratory songbirds, various threatened and endangered plants and animals, native vegetation and endemic species;
3. Helps to lessen air and water pollution through absorption of contaminants, and
4. Provides for the overall well being of the community and all of its residents.
1. NJ DEP Green Acres Programs
2. NJ State Farmland Preservation Program/SADC
3. County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Programs/County Preservation Trust Funds
4. Municipal Acquisition
5. Nonprofit Role
1. State Contacts:
2. County Contacts:
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