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Land Preservation in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Program

In 1997, the residents of Ocean County overwhelmingly voted to establish a 1.2 cent dedicated tax that provides the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the funds to acquire lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. 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. To date the program has protected 7,871 acres in the Barnegat Bay watershed. More information...

The Trust for Public Land Barnegat  Bay Program

(TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy and to improve the quality of life in communities across the country. Their conservation initiatives include parks, farms, lands of cultural and historical importance and wildlife habitat and places of natural beauty. TPL also strives to preserve lands that help ensure clean drinking water and protect the natural resources of our bays, estuaries and oceans. TPL has completed 55 projects in the Barnegat Bay, protecting more than 9,800 acres. More information...

New Jersey Green Acres Program

Through the Garden State Preservation Trust Act (1999), Green Acres receives a stable source of funding for the preservation of critical habitat across the state. Green Acres works in partnership with counties, municipalities and others to achieve a system of interconnected open spaces, the protection of which will preserve and enhance New Jersey's natural environment and its historic, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. More information...

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Publicly-owned Lands in the Barnegat Bay watershed 
The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds