Office of Land Preservation
Office of Land Preservation
1200 North Delsea Dr.
Clayton , NJ , 08312
(856) 307-6451 (phone)
(856) 307-6479 (fax)
- Eric Agren, Program Coordinator, Farmland and Open Space Preservation
- Mary Cummings, Program Coordinator, Certified Gardeners Program
- Donna Hanahan, Field Representative
- Elaine Schreiter, Administrative Assistant
- (Assistant County Counsel Eric M. Campo serves as solicitor for the Office of Land Preservation/County Agriculture Development Board)
Our office operates two specific land preservation programs, the Farmland Preservation Program and the Open Space Preservation Program. The Land Preservation Office also acts as staff to the County Agriculture Development Board, who has regulatory oversight for the County Farmland Preservation Program and also hears County Right-to-Farm cases. The Gloucester County Freeholder Board has recognized that agriculture remains a major industry in our county and that the window to preserve this way of life is rapidly closing. Additionally, residents feel that the rural heritage and agricultural industry of Gloucester County must be preserved for future generations. As such the County's Land Preservation Program has overwhelmingly focused on farmland preservation efforts, and has preserved more than 17,700 acres of farmland alone. The preservation of open space also remains a priority, as the office has secured numerous land additions to our county parks and has assisted with additions to municipal open spaces that includes land in Deptford, East Greenwich, Glassboro, Greenwich, Harrison, Logan, Mantua, Monroe, Swedesboro, Washington Township, West Deptford, Woodbury, Woodbury Heights, and Woolwich. As of this date more than 21,000 acres of Gloucester County's farmland and open space have been preserved in 19 different municipalities. In 2015 the Office of Land Preservation, in cooperation with other partners, successfully completed the preservation of the former Maple Ridge Golf Course in Mantua and Deptford townships to create the Tall Pines State Preserve; the first State park in Gloucester County (for a trail map of the Tall Pines State Preserve click here).
The Office of Land Preservation has also been charged with the administration and oversight of the Gloucester County Certified Gardeners Program. This program, which is run in cooperation with the Gloucester County Certified Gardeners Association, offers interested County residents a minimum of 50 hours of training in a variety of horticultural topics taught by leaders in the horticultural industry. In exchange for the training individuals are asked to volunteer 60 hours back to the program. Certified Gardeners activities include staffing displays at community days, assisting county residents with their gardening and insects problems, teaching gardening classes to youth and adults, and assisting the County, municipalities and local organizations with community beautification projects. For further information on the Certified Gardeners Program or to register to become a Certified Gardener please call (856) 307-6462, or click the provided links for the Certified Gardeners Program.
For more information on the specific functions of our office please visit our individual web pages. In addition to its individual web page, for further information on the Farmland Preservation Program (which generates the majority of the inquiries to our office) please click here: Understanding Farmland Preservation Guide
Freeholder Director - Robert M. Damminger
Freeholder Liaison - James J. Lavender Ed.D