State, conservation groups pay $5.1M to preserve 2,200 acres at Hudson Farms

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Hudson Farms open space preservation

BRUCE A. SCRUTON / NJ HERALD – The state Department of Environmental Protection, working with other groups, has purchased conservation easements for more than 2,200 acres of woodlands on the Hudson Farms property.

The agreement, worth $5.1 million, includes $2.2 million from the state’s Green Acres program and $2 million from the Highlands Council. Also included is $885,000 from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and the William Penn Foundation, which generates a matching grant from Green Acres through the Open Space Institute.

The property encompasses lands in Byram, Sparta and Hopatcong. The easements were purchased from IAT Reinsurance Company Inc., Cardia Company Inc. and E.G. Anderson Inc. This 2,218 acres adds to another 973-acre acquisition in Andover Township and Hopatcong, which was completed in 2016 …

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