$17 Million Spent to Preserve Open Space Surrounding Joint Base

dogg57

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More than half the accident potential zone around the megabase created from Navy Lakehurst, Fort Dix, and McGuire Air Force base — or 3,000 acres — has been preserved as open space at a cost of $17 million, according to a spokesman for the base.
Dennis Blazak of Point Pleasant, chief environmental engineer at the base, told Ocean County’s freeholders that preservation work by officials in communities ringing the military installation are helping to buffer it from the encroachment of development and reducing the chance of accidents. Land is being preserved in Burlington County as well as Ocean.
The Ocean freeholders acted moments after Blazak’s analysis to spend $3,375,000 to buy 400 acres of the Clayton Sand and Gravel mining operation in Jackson Township and preserve the land, which is right at the end of a base runway.
http://manchester-nj.patch.com/articles/17-million-spent-to-preserve-open-space-surrounding-joint-base
 

Gibby

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I hope that the base doesn't put up a fence that adds to "the land behind the fence". A large area surrounding the new Guard building on Rt 539 was sectioned off in the last few years. The area butts up against Colliers Mills behind the Bomarc Missile Base.
 

Boyd

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Something seems a little wrong that the counties are footing the bill to purchase this land. If more of a safety buffer is needed, why isn't the DOD paying for it? :confused: