The Division of Conservation and Open Space Stewardship within the Office of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the 32 conservation areas and preserves which encompass over 7,500 acres.
Responsibilities, projects, and programs include:
•Open Space Acquisition and Preservation: To identify and acquire environmentally sensitive acreage to help maintain a healthy balance between open space preservation and continued land development
•Open Space Recreation Grants: To provide funding through the Middlesex County Open Space Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund for recreational facilities grants submitted by municipalities to fulfill recreation needs of a community.
◦Middlesex County Conservation Corps
◦Deer Management Program
◦Trail Building and Management
- Approximately 30 miles of marked and maintained natural surface trails
◦Farmer Agreements for Open Space Properties - Five (5) farmers on approximately 314 acres
◦Habitat Management - Prescribed burning agreement with the NJ Forest Fire Service, invasive species monitoring and removal, native plant restoration, and habitat enhancements to benefit native wildlife.
◦Green Acres - Compliance Inspections by Green Acres and Parkland Diversions/Disposal Process
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