Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler reports:

The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders is expected to introduce a $38 million bond ordinance today to preserve nearly 1,400 acres of farmland and vacant parcels next year.

The money will allow the county to purchase the land, which might otherwise have been acquired by developers, and convert it to open space, greenways and parks. Among the 22 farms and seven parcels that would be preserved are 120 acres in Washington Township and 90 acres in Harrison.
The state Green Acres program provides partial reimbursement for the acquisitions.
In 2008, the county will preserve more than 1,100 acres on 19 properties. Since the program started in 2003, more than 14,500 acres have been preserved.
Contact staff writer Jan Hefler at 856-779-3224 or jhefler@phillynews.com.

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