TRENTON – To recognize environmentally conscious landowners who make efforts to preserve wildlife on their property, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) was signed into law on Tuesday.
The law (formerly A-1040) aims to recognize environmentally conscious landowners who make efforts to preserve wildlife on their property. The law will require the Department of Environmental Protection, in coordination with any other agricultural organization deemed appropriate, to create and promote an award program known as the New Jersey Landowner of the Year initiative.
The title would be annually awarded to a landowner who has demonstrated an outstanding record of improving, enhancing, and preserving wildlife populations and habitats on their property.
“It takes an enormous amount of work to care for land, let alone do so in a way that protects the environment,” said Houghtaling. “Landowners who make the extra effort to preserve wildlife and natural habitats deserve to be recognized.”
The measure was approved in January by the Assembly, 74-0. It passed the Senate 27-0 in September.