WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
WHERE: Spruce Run Recreation Area, 68 Van Syckles Road, Clinton, N.J. 08809
WHAT: Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th District) and New Jersey conservation leaders will advocate for the permanent reauthorization of the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has funded the acquisition and development of over 75,000 acres of parks, recreation areas and natural areas in New Jersey.
WHO: Speakers include Congressman Lance; Alison Mitchell, policy director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation; Tom Wells, director of government relations for the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy; and Julia Somers, executive director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.
WHY: Since its establishment in 1965, the LWCF has played an important role in New Jersey’s open space preservation and recreation programs. New Jersey has received over $120 million in LWCF funds for open space acquisition and park and recreation projects. The LWCF expired last year but was temporarily renewed for three years, allowing advocates time to work toward permanent reauthorization.