Three N.J. organizations benefit from $4M. grant

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announced $4 million in grants this year to 60 environmental organizations, several of which are in New Jersey.

The foundation’s goal is to help environmental leaders improve the livability of an area as it relates to land consumption and development in the state. Funds primarily support efforts to preserve major ecosystems and open space; to make the link between land preservation and healthy, local food systems; and to engage communities in land use decisions that increase park and recreational open space, and address water supply, quality and reuse, brownfield reuse, and the reduction of environmental toxins.

For more information about the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, including how to apply for grants, visit www.grdodge.org or call 973-540-8442. Area organizations that received funds from the foundation include:

n Clean Ocean Action – $80,000 for general operating support, including coastal community pollution prevention efforts.

n Delaware Riverkeeper Network – $60,000 for general operating support.

n Pinelands Preservation Alliance – $120,000 for general operating support.

Class offers techniques, tips to all anglers in May

Take a chance on a big fish this year, and take part in the Musky School on Lake Hopatcong, offered by Muskies Inc.

The $250 course offers tips and techniques to help any angler – beginner to experienced – catch more muskies. Veteran anglers will be on hand May 17 and 18 for the sessions. These classes will teach anglers how to look for locations to fish, forage base, lure presentations, tactics and more.

Later in the day, participants will be on the water in a fully equipped boat to pursue muskies with a personal instructor. This six-hour course includes a shore lunch. This is a catch-and-release event.

Seats are limited and expected to fill fast. A $50 deposit is required to sign up for the classes with the balance due May 3.

For more information, call 201-563-2554 or e-mail Kevin Johnson at johnsonke@optonline.net. You can also visit the Web site at:

www.mi22.com
Muskies Inc. is a nonprofit organization. This is a fundraising event. All proceeds benefit the New Jersey musky fishery.

N.J. Fish and Wildlife wants public input

New Jersey voters approved a state constitutional amendment that allows the dedication of a portion of the corporate business tax to fund maintenance and capital improvements at state parks and Wildlife Management Areas. Wildlife Management Areas are public lands that offer citizens the opportunity to hike, bike, kayak, boat, birdwatch, picnic, hunt and fish.

Since it was the word of the voters that made the funding possible, the state division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on how these areas can be best used for the public. The state plans to work on 122 areas. As Fish and Wildlife develops its plan, it wants to hear from the people of New Jersey.

To tell the state know what you want in an area, take a few moments to complete an online survey:

www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmasurvey08.htm
– Staff writer David Benson

“We are seeing an important trend in the expression of the people-land connection,” said David Grant, president of the foundation.

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