Hiking in Open Space

All New Jersey residents should have easy access to parks and open space, as they are essential to quality of life.

Primary Concerns:

  • Continued loss of natural lands that sustain a rich diversity of flora and fauna and a clean water supply, which are essential to residents’ quality of life and the tourism industry.
  • Damage from illegal off-road vehicle traffic on public lands, which is increasing, to the detriment of important habitats and recreational use.
  • Lack of implementation of practices that improve soil health on New Jersey’s agricultural land. Loss of wetlands, resulting in the release of stored carbon into the atmosphere.
  • Rapid loss of natural areas in recent decades has left many communities - especially communities of color and low-income communities - with too few parks and recreational areas, exacerbating climate change impacts.
  • Many residents lack adequate access to well-designed, well-funded, well-maintained, well-programmed park, playground or green space within a 10-minute walk from their home or place of work.
  • Loss of prime farmland and other open space to warehouse development.
  • Sustainable forest stewardship and restoration, including deer and invasive species management.
  • Increased interest in trails leading to lack of adequate funding for maintenance of existing trails and development of new trails.
  • No coordinated state-wide program to encourage and coordinate outdoor recreation.

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New Jersey LCV Education Fund greatly appreciates each organization’s contributions and valued expertise shared in this effort as well as the immeasurable commitment put forward to protecting New Jersey’s environment:.

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