Join us in calling for a MORATORIUM on the destruction of the Weis Ecology Center In Ringwood, NJ
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We have been urging the Passaic County Freeholders to take over the Weis Ecology Center site, to be operated in a partnership with other private, non-profit groups that would run the educational programs. However, we URGENTLY need the Freeholders to let the Audubon Society and the State of New Jersey know that they are interested, and to join us in calling for a MORATORIUM on taking any actions that would harm the facilities.
Therefore, we are following up the recent petition that was directed to Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Audubon Society, with a second petition, asking the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Passaic County, NJ, to request without delay, that the NJ DEP and the NJ Audubon Society, agree to an immediate MORATORIUM on the destruction of any infrastructure or buildings at the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, NJ, while the County explores with the community the option of taking over the site of the former Weis Ecology Center.
Here's why it's important:
We recently learned that the Historic Preservation Office of New Jersey issued a "Certification of Eligibility" to what they are calling the "Camp Midvale, Nature Friends of America Historic District". That means it is eligible to be listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. But preparing the register applications and waiting for approval could take months, and until it is approved, the buildings and infrastructure are not protected. So a moratorium is more urgent than ever!
Other than the DEP or NJAS doing the right thing and declaring a MORATORIUM on their own, the only action that could very well put a hold on the plans to destroy the Weis Ecology Center, would be for Passaic County to ask for a MORATORIUM and declare their interest in possibly taking over the property. A MORATORIUM will allow time to submit an application package for entry on the Historic Registers, which will also make Weis Ecology Center eligible for grants to restore and renovate buildings. And it will allow time to develop the partnerships, including with the County, to bring back a robust environmental (and perhaps arts!) education center.
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