FLEMINGTON, NJ –  Hunterdon Freeholders have approved spending more than $1.402 million to help preserve more than 230 acres of open space in four Hunterdon municipalities.

The board awarded the municipal and cooperative open space grants at its meeting Tuesday.

“The mission is to work collectively to preserve the appropriate farmland acreage and to enhance our open space parklands,” said Freeholder Director Matt Holt.

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The list of preserved properties includes 111 acres in East Amwell that is adjacent to the Higgins properties that - together with previously preserved land - combines for a total of more than  1,100 acres of contiguous preserved land in the Sourland Mountains. The county awarded an $825,000 grant for that purchase, with New Jersey Conservation Foundation also contributing.

In addition to the East Amwell property, the follwoing grants were approved:

  • In Kingwood, a $281,000 cooperative open space grant to preserve 58 acres of the Pine Brook Farm.
  • In Tewksbury, a $233,120 municipal open space grant for a 47-acre farmland easement on the Livingston/Berry Farm.
  • In Readington, a $37,800 municipal open space grant and a $25,200 cooperative open space grant to preserve 14 acres at the Loughlin property.