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Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Green Acres staff is transitioning to working remotely.  If you have a general question or concern, please email GreenAcres@dep.nj.gov and someone will respond as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Mailing Address:
(for courier or hand-deliveries, use "Physical Location" below)

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Green Acres Program
Mail Code 501–01
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420


Physical Location:

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Green Acres Program
501 East State Street
Station Plaza Building 5, Ground Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608

Phone (609) 984–0500
Fax (609) 984–0608


Directions to our office

 

Program Administration

Local and Nonprofit Assistance Bureau

  • Provides funding and technical assistance to municipal and county governments and nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire land for recreation and conservation purposes and to develop outdoor recreational facilities
  • Administers the Tax Exemption Program, which provides property tax relief to qualified nonprofit organizations that open their land to the public for recreation and conservation purposes

State Land Acquisition Bureau

  • Purchases land directly from landowners for recreation and conservation purposes. These lands become part of the statewide system of parks, forests, wildlife management areas, and preserves.
  • Handles donations of land to the State
  • Administers the Blue Acres funding for acquisition of land in floodplains to reduce repetitive flooding

Legal Services & Stewardship Bureau

  • Monitors municipal, county, and nonprofit parcels acquired or developed with Green Acres funding
  • Reviews/processes diversions of Green Acres restricted parks from recreation and conservation uses
  • Manages list of existing open space and recreation lands statewide, including Recreation and Open Space Inventories (ROSI) from funding recipients

Planning & Information Management Bureau

  • Maintains the State open space Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Assists in open space and recreation planning
  • Performs Preliminary Site Assessments for State and reviews Preliminary Assessments performed by partners
  • Reviews survey information
  • Oversees fiscal operations
  • Provides data management services
  • Administers the Recreational Trails Program

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Program Administration

Martha Sullivan Sapp, Director
  (609) 984–0570

 

BUREAU STAFF CONTACTS


Local and Nonprofit Assistance

(609) 984–0570
 
State Land Acquisition

Fawn Z. McGee, Chief
(609) 984–0609


Green Acres Contact List
For general questions, please email GreenAcres@dep.nj.gov

County
Contact for
STATE ACQUISITION
Contact for
LOCAL/NONPROFIT
acquisition projects
(entire county, unless noted)
Contact for LOCAL/NONPROFIT
park development
and stewardship projects
(entire county, unless noted)
Contact for
LOCAL/NONPROFIT
Post-Funding Compliance
Atlantic Kathleen Croes Kathleen Croes
Bruce Bechtloff (Atlantic City)
Bruce Bechtloff Jessica Patterson
Bergen Amy Sumoski Amy Sumoski Cecile Murphy Maude Snyder
Burlington Kathleen Croes Jessy Muttathil Cecile Murphy Kevin Appelget
Camden Kathleen Croes Jessy Muttathil
Cecile Murphy (Camden City)
Cecile Murphy Jessica Patterson
Cape May Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Jessy Muttathil
Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Jessy Muttathil
Bruce Bechtloff Mackenzie Piggott
Cumberland Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Jessy Muttathil
Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Jessy Muttathil
Bruce Bechtloff Mackenzie Piggott
Essex Kelly Christopher
Amy Sumoski (Newark)
Kelly Christopher
Amy Sumoski (Newark)
Kelly Christopher
Amy Sumoski (Newark)
Adam Taylor
Gloucester Kathleen Croes Kathleen Croes Bruce Bechtloff Maude Snyder
Hudson Phillip Collins Phillip Collins Phillip Collins Maude Snyder
Hunterdon Kerry Owen
Kimberly Testa
Kerry Owen Kelly Christopher Kevin Appelget
Mercer Renee Jones Renee Jones
Phillip Collins (Trenton)
Phillip Collins Maude Snyder
Middlesex Renee Jones Renee Jones
Cecile Murphy (Carteret, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy)
Cecile Murphy Mackenzie Piggott
Monmouth Renee Jones
Kathleen Croes
Kathy Minniear
Cecile Murphy (Asbury Park, Long Branch)
Cecile Murphy Jessica Patterson
Morris Jamie Carpenter
Amy Sumoski
Jamie Carpenter Kelly Christopher Adam Taylor
Ocean Kathleen Croes Kathleen Croes Bruce Bechtloff Mackenzie Piggott
Passaic Jamie Carpenter
Amy Sumoski
Kelly Christopher (Clifton City)
Amy Sumoski
Kelly Christopher (Clifton City)
Cecile Murphy (Passaic City)
Kelly Christopher
Amy Sumoski (Paterson City)
Cecile Murphy (Passaic City)
Adam Taylor
Salem Jessy Muttathil
Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Jessy Muttathil
Courtney Wald-Wittkop
Bruce Bechtloff Mackenzie Piggott
Somerset Kimberly Testa Kimberly Testa Kelly Christopher Jessica Patterson
Sussex Jamie Carpenter
Larry Fink
Jamie Carpenter Kelly Christopher Kevin Appelget
Union Bruce Bechtloff Bruce Bechtloff Bruce Bechtloff Adam Taylor
Warren Jamie Carpenter
Larry Fink
Kimberly Testa
Kimberly Testa Kelly Christopher Kevin Appelget

 

Pinelands Acquisitions – Lands of Limited Practical Use

NOTE: No new applications for this Program are currently being accepted. To sell your land to the NJDEP Green Acres Program, please complete a regular Application for Sale of Real Estate to NJDEP Green Acres.

Appraisal Review Section

Please contact your acquisition project manager from the listing above.


Tax Exempt Program

Cherylynn Cooke, Coordinator
(609) 984–0570
 
Recreational Trails Program

Brandee Chapman, Coordinator
(609) 984–0628

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Legal Services and Stewardship


(609) 984–0631

Judeth Piccinini Yeany, Esq., Bureau Chief

Melissa Abatemarco, Regulatory Officer

Jenine Hutton, Bureau Assistant

Caroline Keefe, Legal Assistant


General Stewardship Questions, Jurisdictional Determinations, and ROSI Database Management

Nancy Lawrence
(609) 341–2054

County Stewards
For site-specific stewardship and compliance issues and diversion applications, see table above and Bureau Assignment map below.
Printable Assignment Map (May 2021)  (PDF)

Watershed Property Review Board (statewide)

Jessica Patterson

Local Parkland Inspections

Nancy Lawrence, Inspections Coordinator

Joy Klena, Compliance Inspector

Greg Langan, Compliance Inspector

Paul Lippert, Compliance Inspector

Thomas Stevens, Compliance Inspector

Pam Thier, Compliance Inspector

Project Closeout

Elizabeth Mataset
Cathy Elliott-Shaw

Requests for Use of State Property

Adria Wentzel

State Property Conveyances

Matthew McInerney

 

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Planning and Information Management

(609) 984–0500

Mark Ashton, PLS, Standard Scope of Survey Services
Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM, Standard Scope of Survey Services
Michael Buriani, Preliminary Assessments

Geographic Information Section

John Thomas, Team Leader GIS Mapping
Sharon Cost, GIS Mapping
Ed Eckels, GIS Mapping
Joanne McCarthy, GIS Mapping


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