def # 102 06/08/11
COUNTY PRESERVES OPEN SPACE IN JACKSON
TOMS RIVER - Almost 21 acres of natural lands in Jackson Township will be preserved as open space by the Ocean County
Board of Chosen Freeholders.
"This purchase comes with a number of benefits," said Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the
Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee. "It will preserve this land as open space and provide an added
buffer to future encroachment of the Joint Base."
As part of the acquisition, the military has committed to fund 50 percent of the purchase price of $450,000.
"The location of this property, near the northern boundary of Joint Base - Dix, McGuire, Lakehurst, makes it eligible
for the cost share funding from the Department of Defense," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.
"This continuing partnership shows our commitment to the Joint Base and the military’s commitment to continue to work with
"The purchase helps to minimize future encroachments to base operations," Kelly said.
Kelly noted that a recently completed Joint Land Use Study with the military bases, surrounding municipalities, Burlington
and Ocean counties identified the preservation of certain lands as important to provide a buffer for the Joint Base.
"This parcel is consistent with that recommendation," Kelly said.
The land is located along Toms River Road (County Road 571) and Lakehurst Road in Jackson Township. It is across from
properties already preserved.
"This parcel contains a small tributary to the Ridgeway Branch of the Toms River which has been recognized as an important
critical habitat corridor," Bartlett noted. "Acquisition of this property will help create a greenway from the Joint Base
north to Patriots’ County Park and the state’s Forest Resource Education Center. This land meets the eligibility
requirements of the county’s open space program and has been recommended for preservation by the Natural Lands Advisory
The owner of the property is BG Investments @ JoAnn Timbers LLC, Lakewood.
"This purchase emphasizes the importance of working in cooperation with different agencies for the best results possible
for Ocean County," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "The military’s contribution to this purchase helps Ocean
County and the base which is a vital economic and safety engine for the region."