The 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.
New Jerseyans have long supported open space preservation and park development efforts. This commitment is demonstrated through the approval of 13 statewide Green Acres ballot initiatives since 1961, when the Green Acres Program was created to meet New Jersey's growing recreation and conservation needs. Together with public and private partners, Green Acres has protected almost 640,000 acres of open space and provided hundreds of outdoor recreational facilities in communities around the State.
New Jersey Natural Lands Trust
The New Jersey Natural Lands Trust preserves land in its natural state for enjoyment by the public and to protect natural diversity through the acquisition of open space. The Trust manages its properties to conserve elements of natural diversity, such as habitat for rare plant and animal species and rare ecological communities.
The Trust invites passive use by the public for recreational or educational purposes wherever such use will not adversely affect elements of natural diversity.
Currently the Trust owns or manages over 25,000 acres of open space from Sussex to Cape May Counties, including over 2,500 acres of conservation easements.