OSAC Archives


2011 Frelinghuysen Open Space Accomplishments

  • Open Space webpage continues to provide historical and educational information, current events and monthly meeting minutes.
  • Hosted a “Be Bear Aware” presentation on January 10th by NJ Fish and Wildlife. 25 Residents learned facts about black bears and tips for co-existing.
  • Hosted a spring hike to Mud Pond and Beaver Dam April 30th . Guide Debra Natyzak, educated a group of 23 on native plant species and geological formations known to the area. Resident Wendy Buttgereit provided photography that can be viewed on the township website.
  • Received a $5,000 matching grant from ANJEC and contracted with The Land Conservancy to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan.
  • Held a Kick-Off meeting on August 3rd with TLC and ANJEC to establish guidelines for completing OSRP update.
  • Held a Public Hearing at the Nov. 3rd Planning Board Work Session. Barbara Davis and Kathleen Caccavale, TLC, led the hearing that gathered input from the public for the updated OSRP.
  • Updated a spreadsheet of Township Committee approved targeted properties that includes ranking of their preservation qualifications in accordance with the OSRP.
  • Held three joint meetings (March, July, and November) with Farmland Preservation Committee to review projects and their associated costs.
  • Powerpoint presentation made to Warren County Charitable Trust Foundation and site visit led for grant funding request in regards to the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve Addition (Grzelak) acquisition. This funding was denied. The Board invited the Township to reapply in 2012 as it connects to the newly acquired Forest Preserve.
  • Working with Township Committee and local surveyors to finalize determination of abandoned and vacated road status within the Township.
  • Worked collaboratively with The Land Conservancy, Corey Tierney and Greg Collins, in the effort of continued preservation in accordance with the OSRP.
  • Completed and filed ROSI (Report of Open Space Inventory) with NJ DEP – Green Acres as a part of a requirement to maintain PIG funding.
  • Completed acquisition of Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve on Dec. 21st .

2010 Frelinghuysen Open Space Accomplishments

  • Open Space webpage continues to provide historical and educational information, current events and monthly meeting minutes.
  • Hosted 2 “Chipper” parties at Frelinghuysen Elementary School to remove invasive alanthius trees.
  • Hosted a spring hike to “Mud Pond”. Guides, Eric Olsen of The Nature Conservancy and Debra Natyzak, lifetime resident educated a group of 17 on native plant species and geological formations known to the area. Resident Wendy Buttgereit provided photography that can be viewed on the township website.
  • Developed a spreadsheet of Township Committee approved targeted properties that includes ranking of their preservation qualifications in accordance with the OSRP. This spreadsheet was sent to the Township Committee for their input.
  • Held two joint meetings with Farmland Preservation Committee to review projects and their associated costs.
  • PowerPoint presentation made to Warren County Charitable Trust Foundation and site visit led for grant funding request in regards to the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve (Lee/Yang) acquisition.
  • Received funding approval from Warren County Charitable Trust Foundation and Green Acres for preservation of Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve (Lee/Yang). This funding covers 99% of the acquisition cost. Specific soft costs are eligible for 50% reimbursement from Green Acres.
  • Working with Township Committee and local surveyors to finalize determination of abandoned and vacated road status within the Township.
  • Worked collaboratively with The Land Conservancy, Megan Haidet, and Corey Tierney in the effort of continued preservation in accordance with the OSRP.

2009 Frelinghuysen Open Space Accomplishments

  • A resolution approved at the end of 2008 by Township Committee budgeted in 2009 for development of Forestry Management Plan. ForesTrees Consultants completed a plan with Open Space and Environmental Committee input. The plan was approved for 2009-2013 term offering the Township the opportunity to apply for state grants to complete goals noted in the Plan.
  • 2008 Township Survey results for open space questions are attached. Residents express wide support regarding open space preservation efforts.
  • Open Space webpage continues to be maintained and provides historical and educational information, current events and monthly meeting minutes.
  • Open Space Committee hosted a table at Founder’s Day. Preservation information, tree identification booklets and an interactive stormwater management Enviroscape was available to residents.
  • Hosted 4 “Chipper Parties” at Frelinghuysen Elementary School to remove invasive alanthius trees. Dan Carson donated chipper at 3 gatherings and extra manpower at all 4 work days.
  • Developed and mailed a personalized outreach letter to property owners on the Open Space target list. Positive responses from 2 residents.
  • Posted open space signage for November election and referendum for Garden State Preservation Trust Fund replenishment.
  • Supported and requested that the Township Committee continue the Land Owner Appraisal agreement that is in place for prospective landowners desiring to preserve property.
  • Worked collaboratively another year with The Land Conservancy and Megan Haidet in the effort of preservation within the township.

2008 Frelinghuysen Open Space Accomplishments

  • Revision of Open Space Ordinance 2006-12 which includes wording that reflects the Open Space and Recreation Plan, and a non-member paid secretary.
  • Created a Native/Invasive Plant Species library with Environmental Commission support that is located at Town Hall and open to Frelinghuysen residents.
  • Open Space webpage continues to be maintained and provides historical and educational information, current events and monthly meeting minutes.
  • Approval of NJ DEP Division of Parks and Wildlife $3,000 grant. Resolution approved by Township Committee to budget in 2009 for development of Forestry Management Plan.
  • Revised Warren County Open Space Plan approved by Warren County Planning Board. Includes Frelinghuysen Township Open Space priority list.
  • PowerPoint presentation made to Warren County Charitable Trust Foundation and site visit led for grant funding request in regards to the Reisberg acquisition.
  • Honorary Red Oak tree planted for The Nature Conservancy on 5 acre open space parcel adjacent to Town Hall in lieu of payment for their Native/Invasive forum presentation.
  • 2008 Township Survey distributed and returned. Results have been tabulated for committee’s review and planning.

2007 Frelinghuysen Open Space Accomplishments

Letter to the Township Committee from Robin Randolph, former OSC Chair.

  • Township Committee approved funding application to Warren County Municipal Charitable Trust for Open Space preservation.
  • Joint Meeting of Recreation Committee and Open Space Committee to discuss goals and objectives of township active and passive recreation opportunities.
  • Joint Meeting of all township committees voted open space preservation as number one of top 3 township planning goals.
  • Public Native/Invasive educational program hosted by Eric Olsen, The Nature Conservancy.
  • Open Space motto “Open Spaces ~ Simply Beautiful” chosen from a combined youth input.
  • Open Space web page that provides historical and education information, current events and monthly meeting minutes.
  • Corresponded with Governor Corzine in support of the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund for continued monetary support of land preservation in 2008.
  • Three “Chipper Parties” conducted at the future Frelinghuysen Recreation Complex by dedicated community members.
  • Land Preservation Forum hosted by Jennifer McCulloch (MLC) and Dave (ANJEC) to educate residents about the benefits and costs of land preservation.
  • Skylands Birding & Wildlife Trails – submission and acceptance of Johnsonburg Swamp to their extended New Jersey Trails map.
  • Township Open Space current and target property list approved and submitted to Warren County Planning Department for inclusion in the updated Warren County Open Space Plan.
  • Township approval for application to the NJ Shade Tree Federation for the creation of a township Forestry Management Plan, co-sponsored by the Environmental Commission.
  • State referendum approval of $200 million to the GSPT Fund for continued Green Acres grant funding in 2008.
  • Second year successful partnership with Jennifer McCulloch and the Morris Land Conservancy in promoting land preservation.
  • Open Space survey questions approved and submitted to Planning Board for inclusion in the 2008 Township Survey. Questions will guide the OSAC in setting future goals and objectives.

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