DEP’s proposed land swap with a capturing membership is unhealthy deal for the surroundings
By Jeff Tittel
The New Jersey Division of Environmental Safety (DEP) is providing to switch roughly 43 acres it owns in Jackson to the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Membership in change for roughly 86 acres the membership owns in Higher Freehold Township.
DEP will maintain two public hearings and search feedback on the proposed land change.
The primary public listening to will happen on March 31 at 6:30 pm The second public listening to will happen on April 15 at 3 pm.
Directions for collaborating within the hearings, in addition to the discover of public listening to, how one can submit written feedback and a duplicate of a report analyzing the proposed change can be found at http: //www.nj. gov / dep / greenacres / notices. html
The Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Membership is positioned at 126-142 South Stump Tavern Highway in Jackson.
This land swap is unhealthy enterprise for New Jersey and for open area. The Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Membership leases land from the Colliers Mills Wildlife Administration Space (WMA) which is owned by all of us.
This lease violates public confidence as a result of the membership pollutes the surroundings and creates noise issues. Now DEP desires to offer the membership the land they’re at present on in change for an additional land in Higher Freehold.
The gun membership as soon as polluted this land and now they need to personal it so they do not should be accountable for cleansing it up.
Lead from bullets and spent ammunition on the capturing membership impacts the Colliers Mills WMA. It drains into Class 1 watercourses, seeps into the bottom and poisons wildlife. Noise from the capturing vary additionally impacts individuals who hike and benefit from the wildlife refuge.
The club-owned property proposed for switch to the DEP is in Higher Freehold Township, adjoining to the Nice Run WMA. The land was bought by the membership in February 2019 for $ 246,086.
In accordance with the proposed land swap report, the membership’s land in Higher Freehold is valued at $ 2,652 an acre, whereas the DEP land in Jackson is valued at $ 3,500 an acre.
The extra you lean into this chord, the more severe it will get. The DEP was initially seeking to purchase the property for $ 246,000. As a substitute, they let the gun membership purchase the property to make use of for the land swap. It is nearly prefer it’s a setup.
Land will not be of equal worth, it’s landlocked and ecologically delicate with wetlands. It is senseless that the DEP is letting the Gun Membership purchase the land for the only goal of creating a land swap. This must be explored. We’re additionally involved that the contract doesn’t embody a conservation easement or a stipulation to forestall growth.
The DEP property in Jackson is at present a part of the Colliers Mills WMA. In accordance with the DEP, a part of this property has been polluted by the build-up of lead dumps on the adjoining Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Membership. The land swap would come with making a buffer between the WMA and the capturing vary to make sure public security.
Lead bullets or bullets are normally both pure lead or lead alloys containing different dangerous chemical substances like arsenic and hydrocarbons. These pollution enter soil, wells and underground waterways and might poison wildlife and hurt public well being. That is of specific concern as a result of New Jersey is having a lead disaster. Lead can even result in youngster growth issues and different severe well being issues.
We don’t consider that the land that the gun membership provides to the state is of better or equal worth. It’s landlocked and ecologically delicate with quite a few wetlands. As a substitute of doing a land swap, the DEP ought to shut down this rifle membership and shield these public lands by forcing them to scrub up their mess.
There’s nothing mistaken with doing land swaps when it is sensible. In that case, we should not let this personal gun membership get away with polluting public land.
The DEP should maintain the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Membership accountable for his or her mess. The membership has contaminated state land that’s a part of a wildlife administration space and it shouldn’t be let down. We additionally want to make sure that this doesn’t occur once more by eliminating personal gun golf equipment on state land.
Jeff Tittel is the director of the New Jersey Sierra Membership.