Camp Out at the Capitol/Rally at the State House
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Message from Preservation New Jersey
Budget Cuts to Close or Reduce Accessibility to State Historic Sites.
Visitation, interpretive programs threatened, local economies endangered. The Administration’s proposed budget cuts in the DEP Parks & Forestry division will result in complete closure of or significantly reduced public access to historic sites all over the state. At a time when heritage tourism has finally been recognized as a vital economic development tool, it is short-sighted to be closing these major historic attractions and further depressing local economies.
We need to resolve our budget issues in other ways not by closing our historic sites!
- Ringwood Manor – reduced hours
- Monmouth Battlefield – closed
- D&R Canal State Park – Interpretive services will be suspended.
- Washington Crossing State Park – 40 percent reduction in interpretive staff resulting in significantly reduced hours of operation at the Clark House at Princeton Battlefield State Park, the Johnson Ferry House and the museum
- Indian King Tavern (Haddonfield), administered by Brendan Byrne State Forest, will be closed
- Round Valley, Wallace House/Old Dutch Parsonage and park office closed
- Fort Mott State Park – Hancock House, park office and other historic sites