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Commissioners approve open space grants toward conservation acquisitions in Lambertville City and Readington Township

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Commissioners recently approved open space acquisition grants for the portion of a conservation easement at Holcombe Park in Lambertville City and the acquisition of the James property in Readington Township.

“Preservation of open space in Hunterdon County has always been a high priority for this Board. The protection and conservation of land ensures that the county’s natural and cultural heritage will be protected so that residents can appreciate the scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and historical significance of Hunterdon County for years to come,” Commissioner Director Jeff Kuhl said.

The Holcombe Park property was purchased in 2020, and the City of Lambertville was awarded $209,000.00 in Open Space acquisition grant funds toward the preservation of 5.6 acres, of the complete 8.4 acres that comprise the property.

Lambertville acted upon public interest in seeing the property preserved due to its location and historical significance. The conservation easement will leave out the developed portion of the property for other City uses, while preserving the open space of the property and protecting the unnamed tributary of the Delaware River that runs through the property.

The James Property is located along Readington Road, surrounded on three sides by preserved farmlands. The Hunterdon Land Trust was given $85,200.00 in Open Space grant funds and will partner with Readington Township to purchase the 5.6 acres of mostly wooded property, that provides excellent habitat and wetlands protection for natural wildlife.

The intended use of the James Property is for environmental protection and watershed restoration.

Commissioner Zach Rich, who serves as the liaison for the Planning and Land Use Department said, “The entire team at the Planning and Land Use Department has been very instrumental in the preparation and work required for the acquisition of these properties. They deserve a lot of credit for a job well done for their ongoing efforts to preserve natural areas and open space in Hunterdon County.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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