Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Pinelands Preservation Alliance advocates for legislative and regulatory reforms, and against bad laws, that effect the Pinelands.

Pinelands Commission Appointments

Governor Christie replaced a Pinelands Commissioner who stood up to the political pressure and voted to defend the Pinelands by voting against the South Jersey Gas/Rockland Capital pipeline deal. This move threatens the Pinelands and the integrity and independence of all Commissions.

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Prescribed Burn Legislation

The legislature is considering a bill that would provide greater opportunities for prescribed burning for ecological purposes. S2000/A1696 would create a burn manager certification, reduce the liability for private property owners who prescribe burn, and allow for the state to do mechanical thinning or prescribed burn on in-holding lands on state property.

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NJDEP Waiver Rule

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted a new rule to authorize widespread, discretionary waivers of environmental protections for the benefit of developers and polluters who don’t want to follow the law.

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Forest Harvest Bill

The Forest Harvest Bill (S1954) has been dramatically changed to the New Jersey Healthy Forests Act (S1085). It now requires the development of forest stewardship plans and an independent third party certification of plans by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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Open Space Funding

Pinelands Preservation Alliance is an active member of the New Jersey Keep it Green Coalition (KIG), which represents more than 175 statewide, local and regional organizations committed to land conservation, agriculture, historic preservation, environmental protection, urban parks, hunting and fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation, working together to sustain funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey's waterways, wildlife habitat, natural areas, farmland, forests, parks and historic sites for our quality of life and future generations.

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Draft Revisions to Statewide Water Supply Plan

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released draft revisions to the NJ Statewide Water Supply Plan on May 1, 2017. They have scheduled four public meetings this summer on the draft proposal.

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