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Open Space Preservation

Actions and Links for Open Space Preservation

Garden State Preservation Trust

Planning

Regulation

Acquisition

Open Space Committees and Trust Funds

Highlands Land Preservation Fact Sheet

Caring for Conservation Easements

Information Sources

 

For 40 years, local environmental commissions have been working to protect open space. They have created inventories of local public and private open space and made recommendations for their use. Commissions work with local open space committees, land trusts and environmental organizations, elected officials, planning boards and citizens to protect important natural resources through acquisition, Master Plans, and local ordinances.

ANJEC actively promotes open space preservation through information and guidance, conferences, workshops and courses. We are also active in efforts to protect important regions like the Highlands, the Pinelands and the South Jersey Bayshore.

Effective open space protection takes a combination of planning, regulation and acquisition.

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Planning

Identifies important natural resources, preserved lands, and linkages

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Regulation

Uses local ordinances and state laws to protect important natural resources and lands that surround preserved areas

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Acquisition

Obtains land through purchase, “bargain sale” (obtain land at less than appraised value) or donation; includes purchase of full title, development rights and/or conservation easement

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