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State Land Acquisition Program

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The Delaware Water Gap from Columbia Lake Wildlife Management Area
Knowlton Township, Warren County

The Green Acres Program serves as the real estate agent for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), acquiring land - much of which has been offered for sale by property owners - that becomes part of the system of state parks, forests, natural areas, and wildlife management areas. Green Acres works with the DEP's divisions of Parks and Forestry, Fish and Wildlife, and the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust to determine which lands should be preserved. Green Acres does not own the land it acquires; instead land is assigned to the divisions for management. Land and easement interests in land can be acquired not only by purchase but also by donation and bequests.

The Program's Appraisal Review Section guides applicants through the real estate appraisal process, reviews appraisals, and certifies the market value of property included in local government, nonprofit and state acquisition projects, and in requests for diversions of land from recreation or conservation use.

Green Acres administers the federal Pinelands National Reserve funds granted to New Jersey for open space preservation in the Pinelands.

Green Acres administers the Inland Blue Acres funding for acquisition of land in the floodplains of various rivers to reduce repetitive flooding.

If you are a landowner, we invite you to learn more about some of the benefits of selling your land to Green Acres.

For more information about State Land and Open Space Acquisition, please call (609) 984-0609, or, to email Project Staff please visit our Contact page. For information on State Land and Open Space Acquisition project areas, or to obtain an Offer to Sell Land form, visit our Project Areas or Program Forms pages.

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