Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield appropriating almost $65 million to the Department of Environmental Protection for recreation and conservation purposes was signed into law today.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield appropriating almost $65 million to the Department of Environmental Protection for recreation and conservation purposes was signed into law today. (Pixabay)
The bipartisan measure (A-4957/S-3361), also sponsored by Senator Bob Smith, reflects the commitment of taxpayers who voted to fund open space and recreational activities, including boating and camping, with a share of constitutionally dedicated Corporate Business Tax (CBT) revenues.
“Through the years, State residents have been clear in their support of capital projects and park development,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Repeatedly, New Jerseyans have gone to the polls and endorsed investment in recreation and conservation.
The money appropriated by the bill will fund important capital projects and the development of parks on acreage administered by the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry and the Division of Fish and Wildlife. The investment will help bolster boating and fishing opportunities; maintain campsites, cabins, and facilities; and complete repairs on bridges, park buildings and dams.
“Preserving land from development and ensuring safe, convenient access for leisure activities are priorities for our residents. Families value the time spent outdoors,” Stanfield said. “I am proud to support their wishes and pleased the Legislature and the Governor share the interest.”
Funding in the bill flows through the Preserve New Jersey Act and was approved by voters in November 2014.
The act provides that a portion of dedicated CBT revenues allocated each year for the Green Acres program is to be used for the acquisition of lands for open space, including Blue Acres projects, and development projects on State lands administered by the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry; grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and grants to nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.