Stanfield Invoice Bolstering Out of doors Recreation Advances

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Bipartisan legislation to support investment projects and park development on lands managed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield supporting the development of boats, camping and parks on lands managed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (pixabay)

The bill (S-3361), sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield, will provide the DEP with nearly $65 million of federally designated corporate income tax (CBT) revenue for recreation and conservation purposes.

“This is an investment in the will of the people,” Stanfield (R-8) said. “Taxpayers have expressed support for saving land from construction workers and maintaining access to recreation. The money will fund vital projects managed by DEP’s Department of Parks and Forestry and Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure boating and fishing opportunities, better maintained campgrounds, cabins and facilities, and essential repairs to bridges, park buildings and dams .”

Funding for the bill comes through the Preserve New Jersey Act and was approved by voters in November 2014.

The law provides that a portion of the dedicated CBT revenue allocated to the Green Acres program each year is to be used to acquire land for open space, including Blue Acres projects, and development projects on state lands , by the DEP Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Parks and Forestry; grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and grants to nonprofit organizations to acquire or develop land for recreation and conservation purposes.