Ocean County to preserve nearly 8,000 acres of land

New Jersey Pinelands

THESANDPAPER.NET – Ocean County officials are moving ahead with plans to purchase a 7,860-acre tract tract of land, often referred to as the site of the Forked River Mountains, to ensure its preservation. The property, owned by John J. Brunetti of Old Bridge Township, is surrounded by publicly owned land and straddles Lacey and Ocean townships. According to the Ocean County freeholders, the land will be purchased for $15,450,000, covered by revenues from the county’s dedicated open space tax.

“This acquisition, recommended by the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee, is the largest tract and one of the most environmentally sensitive that we have purchased since the county’s open space program first began in 1997,” Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said in presenting the purchase at the Sept. 12 preboard meeting of the board of freeholders. “By adding this to what we have already preserved, Ocean County will have saved almost 30,000 acres of open space and farmland under its Natural Lands program.” …

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