Jefferson Township gets part of $2.4M in 2017 Preservation Grants

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Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee today recommended funding six 2017 open space preservation projects at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres located in six Morris County towns to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.



Most Important to our Community:

Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Addition — Jefferson

Applicant – Trust for Public Land

Located in Jefferson

118 acres

Recommended grant: $565,000

Located east of Route 15, this forested tract is adjacent to town ship and state lands that comprise the Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area. Existing trails throughout the property offer opportunities to link to preserved land located to the east. The property will offer passive recreation and wildlife habitat.

The state, township, and TPL have been pursuing acquisitions to the WMA to attain a large, contiguous land mass that eventually would extend from the county’s Mahlon Dickerson Reservation to the Newark Watershed.

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