MONROE – With a new deal in place, Monroe Township will add 59 acres of open space to its growing inventory.

“As a Freeholder, I’m always proud to be part of the effort to preserve nature in Middlesex County. I hail from Monroe, so I know that its residents are committed to protecting its wooded areas and preserving its legacy,” said Freeholder Leslie Koppel, chairwoman of the Finance Committee and a Monroe resident.

The deal was announced Monday through an agreement with Middlesex County a property known as The Estate of Otto and Mary E. Pohl.

“We are honored for the opportunity to help Monroe Township in their preservation goal and hope their mission will encourage our residents to take an interest in protecting the environment,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios in a statement.

The Freeholders approved their version of the agreement in May.

The estate is located on a 34 acre lot on Perrineville Road and 25 acres on Federal Road.

According to officials, Monroe will acquire the acres through the Middlesex County Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund for no more than $508,000.

“The addition of 59 acres of beautifully wooded area moves us closer to our goal of preserving half of the Township,” said Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro.  “When we learned that the Otto Pohl Estate property was available, we quickly reached out to our Freeholders in an effort to protect and preserve this land.”

For years, Monroe has embarked on a campaign to preserve lands as open space when appropriate and available. The township has protected hundreds of acres.

The goal is to make 50 percent of the township open space, according to a statement from the mayor in 2018.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.