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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Welcome to Green Acres!


Green Acres Mission

To achieve, in partnership with others, a system of interconnected open spaces, whose protection will preserve and enhance New Jersey's natural environment and its historic, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. The Green Acres Program was created in 1961 to meet New Jersey's growing recreation and conservation needs. Together with public and private partners, Green Acres has protected over half a million acres of open space and provided hundreds of outdoor recreational facilities in communities around the State.

The Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007 authorized $12 million for acquisition of lands in the floodways of the Delaware River, Passaic River or Raritan River, and their respective tributaries, for recreation and conservation purposes.  An additional $24 million was approved by the voters in the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009.

Properties (including structures) that have been damaged by, or may be prone to incurring damage caused by, storms or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, are eligible for acquisition.

For further information on this program, and for useful links regarding current emergency management efforts and guidance, please see our Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition page. You may wish to review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

If you are a landowner interested in offering your land for sale to the State under the Blue Acres program, please complete and submit the Blue Acres Offer Application (PDF available in English and Spanish) and submit it to:

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program
P.O. Box 420
Mail Code 401-07B
Trenton, NJ  08625–0420
Make two copies of the completed application. Keep one for your own records and submit one to your towns clerk.

  Benefits of Green Acres
New and Noteworthy
"" The Garden State Preservation Program will hold a public meeting on October 20, 2021. (See agenda and how to join on our Public Notices page)

"" Approval of Green Acres and Urban Parks Funding

The Garden State Preservation Trust today approved Green Acres grants and loans to local governments, and matching grants to nonprofit organizations, for land acquisition, park development, and stewardship projects across New Jersey. Read the approval lists and press package here.

In addition, the DEP announced approval of Urban Parks Grants that will provide open space and recreation that will benefit Overburdened Communities. Read the approval lists and press package here.

"" A new Scope of Survey Services and Standard Detail Requirements for Green Acres and Green Acres-funded acquisitions became effective July 1, 2020, and is now available through the Green Acres Survey Section pages.    

"" North Bergen Pre-Application for Braddock Park School Trailers and EMS Building at 43rd Street Park documents have been posted as a courtesy to the public here.    

"" Readopted Green Acres rules extend the program to 2025.

"" Come check out the latest NJ preservation effort with the NJDEP's Brandee Chapman!

The DEP and partner agencies are pleased to announce the preservation of 2,218 acres of picturesque woodlands in Sussex County.

"This is one of the largest state-coordinated preservation efforts in New Jersey in years," Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Ray Bukowski said. "The acquisition of the conservation easements for this beautiful property will enhance the public's quality of life by creating passive recreational opportunities, preserving wildlife habitats, protecting water quality and preventing future development."

"" Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition information


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