Pinelands License Plates

Consider Pinelands plates when your car registration comes due!

Since December 1996, when the legislation establishing a Pinelands license plate was signed into law by Governor Whitman, more than 7,500 sets have been purchased by New Jersey drivers. The six-color plate was designed by Robin Jess of Edison, New Jersey and depicts blueberries, cranberries, a pine branch with a pine cone and a small green Pine Barrens Treefrog.

Image of PPA encourages residents to select the Pinelands license plate, however it is important to understand that PPA receives no donations or income through this program.[+ ZOOM] PPA encourages residents to select the Pinelands license plate, however it is important to understand that PPA receives no donations or income through this program.

The Pinelands plates initially cost $50 to acquire, with a $10 annual renewal fee. With more than 80% of the initial fee from the sales going into the "Pinelands Preservation Fund" to be used for land preservation in the Pinelands. The legislation allows the lands that are purchased to include: Green Acres acquisitions; the purchases of land with Limited Practical Use in the Pinelands National Reserve; and for use as a match to federal funds for acquisition of lands with limited practical use.

Green Acres has used the funds in the Limited Practical Use Program to purchase approximately 5,089 acres of land from over 600 land owners throughout the Pinelands National Reserve.

Image of Personalized Pinelands plate with Pine Barrens Tree Frog call[+ ZOOM] Personalized Pinelands plate with Pine Barrens Tree Frog call ©PPA

The Limited Practical Use program is a joint Federal, State and Pinelands Commission program aimed at purchasing properties in the Pinelands with limited development potential. To help these landowners and to preserve land, beginning in the early 1990's Congress appropriated funds for acquisition of limited practical use property in the Pinelands, but the federal money must be matched with state funds before the federal money can be released to purchase land.

Image of Deep Run property in Atlantic County[+ ZOOM] Deep Run property in Atlantic County © Fred Akers, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association


Since 2005 the fees from the sale of Pinelands license plates have been used by Green Acres to purchase limited practical use properties. An example of these properties is pictured to the left. It is a lot of 4.5 acres located along the Deep Run in Buena Vista Township, Atlantic County. This portion of the Deep Run is located within the federal Great Egg Harbor Wild and Science River boundary and after purchase was assigned to the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust to manage.

 

Anyone with property in the New Jersey Pinelands who feels they may qualify to have their land purchased under the Limited Practice Use Program should contact the Pinelands Commission for more information by calling Ms. Betsy Piner at (609) 894-7300 or writing to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, P.O. Box 7, New Lisbon, NJ 08064 or by calling Terry Caruso, DEP Green Acres at (609) 984-0500.

Click here to link with the Division of Motor Vehicle web site for Pinelands License Plates.

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