The below message comes from the Bergen County Dept. of Plannng and Economic Development via the NY/NJ Trails Conference.
The Bergen County Dept. of Planning and Economic Development announces the start of a comprehensive planning effort for the Ramapo Mountains of Bergen County. This park planning effort will result in the production of a management plan for this county nature park.
After years of acquiring open space lands in the Ramapo Mountains, the County of Bergen has the opportunity to step back, examine its long-range goals and management issues, and chart a course for ts future.
The public is invited to help shape this management plan by attending a public visioning session on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Township of Mahwah Administration Building, Senior Activity Center, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey. The entrance to and parking for the Senior Activity Center is located at the rear of the building.
The visioning session is a community workshop whereby members of the public interact with government officials, project consultants, park users, local businesses, and other interested parties. The session will help planners determine the best course of action to preserve and utilize park resources for this and future generations.
Bergen County began acquiring forested land in the Ramapo Mountains in the late 1980s and acquired one of the last large tracts of land in 2005. Now that most of the acquisition is completed, the County is now focusing on helping ensure that the park's scenic, natural, cultural and recreational qualities are protected and preserved.
Visit the project website www.co.bergen.nj.us/planning/os/ramapo.html, which contains several resource reports as well as a park user survey that you can complete.
Click Here to read a Frequently Asked Questions information sheet on the park and this planning exercise.