Garrett Joins Highlands Conservation Leaders in Praising Federal Law
Today, US Representative Scott Garrett (NJ-5) spoke at a Highlands Coalition press conference in support of the federal Highlands Conservation Act, under which $2 million is expected to be appropriated this year to help preserve the Highlands natural habitat. Rep. Garrett was a leading champion of this Act when it was passed in 2004.
"This legislation, which works cooperatively with landowners to protect our treasured lands, is an important piece in preserving critical habitat and limited open space in New Jersey. By protecting the Highlands we maintain an environmental legacy to hand down to our children with clean drinking water and open space for environmentally friendly recreation," stated Rep. Garrett.
The Highlands Conservation Act authorizes $10 million per year over a 10-year span for land conservation partnership projects and open space purchases. This legislation allows the federal government to aid local, county and state efforts already in place. The four-state Highlands region encompasses 108 municipalities and more than 2 million acres of critical land and water resources of national significance in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Rep. Garrett concluded, "I thank the Highlands Coalition of New Jersey for their hard work. Without their day-to-day efforts it would be difficult to maintain the New Jersey so many of us love and treasure. I think our environmental future in New Jersey is bright because so many of us can work across party lines and across the state to keep New Jersey beautiful and clean."