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Green Acres has created this “survey section” on its website to assist those who prepare surveys for Green Acres and those who contract for those surveys. The site contains direct links to documents and resources of interest to surveyors, whether performing services for local governments, non–profit organizations, or directly for the State. Those agencies and organizations wishing to apply for and secure Green Acres funding and participation for their fee and easement acquisitions will find that this information will help them contract for appropriate survey content and format required for Green Acres approval. If you have further questions, please visit the Green Acres website at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/greenacres. For additional assistance, our full-time surveyor is Mark Ashton, PLS, available by e–mail at Mark.Ashton@dep.state.nj.us or by phone at 609–984–0496.


How to use this site

To simplify use of our site, the following list describes information found on each of the pages linked to our Navigation Bar at left. Please let us know of other suggestions to improve our site.

  • Surveys for State Land Acquisitions – explains the purposes for which Green Acres surveys are utilized and the contracting process. Links to full scope of survey requirements and a summary form.
  • Surveys for Local Governments and Non Profits – distinguishes between State and other land acquisition survey procedures Links to full scope of survey requirements and a summary form.
  • Surveys for Blue Acres – guidelines for surveys related to purchase of improved residential lots in flood prone areas in cooperation with FEMA.
  • Standard Scope of Survey Work – specifies content of format of final deliverables for all surveys. Includes a summary of the full contract specifications.
  • Forms and Checklists by Survey Type – for State land acquisitions, local and non–profit land acquisitions, Environmental Infrastructure Funding Program (EIFP and EIT), Diversions and State House Commission Actions.
  • Green Acres Policies for Approving Surveys – addresses survey policies affecting surveyors who perform work directly or indirectly for Green Acres and those who contract to obtain that survey work.
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Blue Acres Survey Guidelines

A new scope of work has been developed for survey services related to property acquisitions for flood mitigation in the form of buyouts. Please visit the new Blue Acres survey page.

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State Survey Contract Awards

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) has awarded two year contracts to provide professional land surveying services for Green Acres state land acqusitions to the following firms:

Bohren and Bohren
CME Associates
Consulting Engineer Services
Dewberry Engineers, Inc.
Dykstra Associaties
Fralinger Engineering
GEOD Corporation
Harris Surveying, Inc.
LAN Associates, Inc.
Maser Consulting, PA
Pennell Land Surveying, Inc.
Vargo Associates

For more information on how to do business with the State of New Jersey's DPMC, please visit their website.

For local government or nonnprofit survey work, contact your local municipality, county, or nonprofit organization directly.

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Looking for survey maps of prior open space acquisitions?

While some information may be in Green Acres archives, the managing entities for open space and recreational areas will have records for all lands that they manage. While you are always welcome to file an OPRA request, it is often faster to contact the managing entity directly to otain this information. While Green Acres assists in the purchase of real property interests (fee or easement), it is not the managing entity for any land.

Please note that the Green Acres State Land Acquisition Standard Scope of Survey Services (as posted on this web site) applies to any lands acquired for the New Jersey divisions listed below, or in partnership with the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC), local units, or nonprofit organizations.

For surveys of properties for which Green Acres may have provided funding assistance, contact the municipality, county, or non-profit owners directly.

The following is a list of state organizations and agencies that may have information in their files preceding the formation of Green Acres in 1961, or more current surveys beyond what is kept in the Green Acres facilities.

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Looking for aerial photos or tax map parcel data?

The State of New Jersey's Transparency Center has made on-line mapping available to the public at no cost. The site presents aerial photography for 2010, 2007, 2002, 1995, and 1930 as well as street maps showing tax map parcels. While not a searchable site beyond display by county and municipality, it does allow zooming and panning.

A free searchable database of tax parcel information is available from DataUniverse. Check the currency of data posted.

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