MORRISTOWN, NJ - A 4-acre piece of steep, forested land would come under control of the township if the Morris County freeholders approve a grant recommended by the county Open Space Trust Fund Committee.

Foote's Pond/Loyola Acquisition is located west of James Street, adjacent to Foote's Pond Park and is situated in the Green Brook watershed and has a high capacity for groundwater recharge, according to the county.

"Preservation would create a 25-acre open space just one mile from the Morristown Green", it said. "It would be used for passive recreation and trail expansion, while offering protection to an abundance of birds and other wildlife". 

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The Open Space Trust Fund Committee recommended the freeholders appropriate a $245,000 grant for the purchase. The proposed grant was among six 2017 open space preservation projects, at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres, located in six Morris County towns, that the committee is recommending to the freeholders.

The freeholders will make their formal decision on the grant recommendations at the county governing board’s Monday, Nov. 20 meeting in Mount Arlington," the county said. "The county governing board traditionally has accepted the recommendations of the committee."

Funding for the projects would come from the voter-approved county preservation trust fund, generated by a special county tax. "That money also is used for farmland and historic preservation, county parkland acquisition and the purchase of residential properties prone to flooding, " the county said. Former Morris Township Mayor Rick Watson, who chairs the 15-member Open Space Trust Fund Committee, presented the recommendations to the freeholders today. The recommended awards range from $52,800 to $1.35 million.


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