Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee recently recommended funding for six 2017 open space preservation projects at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres located in six Morris County towns to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.
Funding for the recommended projects would come from the voter approved county preservation trust fund, generated by a special county tax. That money also is used for farmland and historic preservation, county parkland acquisition and the purchase of residential properties prone to flooding.
Of interest to our area, Jonathan Woods has been recommended as one of the areas for the 2017 open space preservation projects.
Jonathan’s Woods Extension – Denville
- Applicant – Protect Our Wetlands, Waters and Woods
- Located in Denville
- 08 acres
- Recommended grant: $245,000
Located in the northern section of Denville, these three properties are accessed off Hillcrest Road. The lands contain steep rocky slopes, with a predominant forest of mature oaks. Acquisition would continue expansion of the 600-acre Jonathan’s Woods north of Cedar Lake and enable further trail connections. Denville would take ownership of the acreage upon acquisition.
Other properties and areas that were recommended include:
Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Addition in Jefferson
Foote’s Pond/Loyola Acquisition – Morristown
Cataract Park Expansion – Washington Township
Whippany River Blueway – Hanover Township
Midwood Flood Storage Area Addition – Lincoln Park
The freeholders will make their formal decision on the grant recommendations at the county governing board’s Monday, Nov. 20 meeting in Mount Arlington. The county governing board traditionally has accepted the recommendations of the committee.