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Madison Nears Significant Milestone in Drew Forest Preservation Effort with Federal Grant Funding

Collaboration Between Borough Leaders and Federal Representatives Secures Over $4 Million for Environmental Conservation

MADISON, NJ – In a pivotal development for environmental conservation in Madison, the Borough has announced a collaborative effort with Drew University that edges closer to securing the preservation of the Drew Forest. 

This conservation initiative has been bolstered by the recent advancement of House Appropriations Legislation, marking a critical step towards receiving $4,116,279.00 in federal grant funding through Community Project Funding. The successful progress is attributed to the concerted efforts of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Senator Cory Booker.

The Drew Forest Preserve encompasses 51 acres of pristine, intact natural environment within Drew University’s 163-acre campus, featuring mature trees and glacial ponds. Its ecological value is unparalleled, not only for its biodiversity but also for its role in recharging the Buried Valley Aquifer, which serves 31 municipalities across Morris, Essex, Somerset, and Union counties. The preservation of this forest is seen as a regional benefit, extending far beyond the borders of Madison.

The Borough expressed its gratitude towards Congresswoman Sherrill and Senator Booker for their dedication and determination in securing federal funds for the preservation of the Drew Forest. This move is celebrated as a significant achievement in bringing crucial federal resources back to New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District to protect a critical natural resource nestled in the heart of Madison.

Congresswoman Sherrill highlighted her commitment to addressing local and state needs by cutting through bureaucratic challenges to secure funding for vital community projects. 

Conservation of open space, and in particular preserving the Drew Forest, is one of the top issues I hear about from local leaders and constituents,” Sherrill stated, acknowledging Mayor Robert H. Conley and his team for their instrumental role in this achievement.

Mayor Conley expressed his gratitude towards Congresswoman Sherrill and Senator Booker for their pivotal role in securing the funding necessary for the forest’s preservation. He emphasized the importance of Drew University and the vision of preserving the Drew Forest for future generations, a vision now closer to realization with federal and county grant funding.

With the Senate’s pending approval and President Biden’s anticipated signature, the total federal and county grants aimed at preserving the Drew Forest will amount to $9,116,279.00. The Borough remains dedicated to seeking additional federal, state, and county funding to support the acquisition and preservation of this invaluable environmental asset.

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