25 March 2013
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was born on April 22, 1970, on America's first official "Earth Day". New Jersey became the third state in the country to consolidate past programs into a unified major agency and administer an aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts. The core mission of the Department of Environmental Protection is the protection of the air, waters, land, and natural and historic resources of the State to ensure continued public benefit. The mission is to create effective and balanced implementation and enforcement of environmental laws to protect these resources and the health and safety of New Jersey residents. NJDEP in 1970 had approximately 1,400 employees with five divisions, and now has approximately 2,900 employees and over sixteen divisions not including the subdivisions (organization chart appendix I). The NJDEP is significant to our environment and certainly impacts the economic growth of the state. The division of Parks and Forestry responsibility is to maintain a healthy, biologically diverse ecosystem that will sustain wildlife including threatened and endangered plant & animal species while providing for quality air, water and soil; recreational and educational opportunities. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2012 budget, totals $353.7 million, with a decrease of $38.6 million, or 9.8%, over the 2011 adjusted appropriation of $392.3 million.
The division of Forestry Service manages and protects the rural and urban forest resources of New Jersey. The Forest Fire Service is mandated to prevent, manage, and suppress wildfire that threatens 3.1 million acres of State and private forest and wild lands of New Jersey. The division of Parks operates, maintains, and provides stewardship for 42 State parks, five marinas, 57 historic sites and districts, and other recreational, natural, and interpretive facilities in...
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