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Ocean County Preserves Over 12,944 Acres by the Natural Lands Trust Fund Program to date.
Since its inception in 1998, the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund program has been actively pursuing and acquiring lands that are environmentally sensitive and rich in natural resources.
That is over 800 acres preserved every year and approximately 20.25 total square miles of preserved open space.
Thanks to its many partners the County is able to continue its efforts to preserve open space and the quality of life for its residents.
Lands that fall under this program are environmentally sensitive, natural areas or open spaces that would protect farmland, water quality, wetlands and other lands with unique or sensitive features.
The Natural Lands Trust Fund goal encourages the establishment of a system of protected lands which, in combination with the Farmlands Preservation Program, enhances the quality of life in Ocean County by:
- Helping to maintain the Countys rural characteristics;
- Protecting critical environmental resources and water supply;
- Maintaining and enhancing active agriculture;
- Buffering areas that are not compatible with development.
The program now generates over $8 million per year for natural lands acquisitions and farmland preservation. Several important parcels have been preserved and acquired through partnerships with non-profits, municipalities and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2006. the Program was awarded the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.