The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Port Murray, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Port Murray, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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Amid the tens of thousands of steel cargo containers that move through the port every day, finding illicit cargo is like looking for a needle in a haystack, officials say. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comLast month, a New York woman pleaded guilty in federal court to a scheme to smuggle more than $3 million in contraband through the Port of Newark.Zia Zia Zhao, 41, wasn’t trying to slip a shipment of cocaine or heroin past U.S. Customs and Border...
Amid the tens of thousands of steel cargo containers that move through the port every day, finding illicit cargo is like looking for a needle in a haystack, officials say. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Last month, a New York woman pleaded guilty in federal court to a scheme to smuggle more than $3 million in contraband through the Port of Newark.
Zia Zia Zhao, 41, wasn’t trying to slip a shipment of cocaine or heroin past U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors. The cargo containers that she had paid dock workers more than $75,000 to surreptitiously remove from the port were filled with thousands of pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers and phony Louis Vuitton handbags, according to federal prosecutors in New Jersey.
Shipping containers stacked at Port Elizabeth, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection is based. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
A favored pipeline
From illegal drugs to knockoffs of expensive designer merchandise, the nation’s seaports—long-seen as a soft-spot—are increasingly becoming a favored pipeline, say security analysts.
In November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection found 709 pounds of cocaine hidden in cabinets shipped to Pennsauken from Puerto Rico. It was the largest cache of drugs seized within the Philadelphia Port area in 10 years. In January, federal agents found more than 550 pounds of cocaine while they were inspecting a vessel at Miami's seaport.
"There is a refocusing on maritime routes because there is so much violence and chaos in Mexico," said Scott Stewart, an analyst with Stratfor, an Austin-based security consulting firm.
Stewart noted that smugglers are always looking for the most reliable and the most hassle-free routes, sending small test shipments first as probes, before following up with larger quantities if the load gets through.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seals on packages after a search. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Last year, a Staten Island man admitted his role in a scheme to distribute more than $2.5 million in counterfeit UGG brand boots that were shipped to the Port of Newark.
Shi Wei Zheng, 42, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one count of trafficking counterfeit goods.
Between September 2016 and February 2017,
Zheng admitted received shipping container numbers from an associate in another country that specified at least three containers loaded with the knock-off UGG boots, authorities said. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, he told his workers to remove the containers before they could be checked by Customs officers.
A mobile x-ray unit used to look into cargo containers. (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media file photo)
According to Stewart, cargo scrutiny has gotten far better over the years.
"Twenty years ago, it was a lot of hand searching and dogs. Now they're using enhanced technology to screen those shipments."
That includes X-ray, ion spectrum technology and other imaging devices.
"They've gotten much better, but the bad guys are also getting better," Stewart said.
A Customs inspector finds counterfeit auto filters. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
A warehouse of secrets
Figuring out the tricks used is part of the job of Noel Moloney, a former NYPD detective who now works as a Customs supervisor. Taking a visitor through an inspection warehouse off Polaris Street in Port Elizabeth, he walked past stacks of pallets and boxes—lined up in endless, nondescript rows in on the concrete floor that looked like a scene from the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Looking over the crates and containers, Moloney said: “To put it in a nutshell, there's a giant stack of hay. We have to go through all of it.”
On this day, they have a hit.
Not drugs. Not secreted cash, as they have come across so many times in the past. This time, it was just 5,000 carefully packaged air filters from China for Toyotas and BMWs and other cars that came into the port 10 days earlier, destined for New York—all of them cheap knock-offs of the real thing.
The shipment had raised suspicions because the seaborne cargo had not been destined for an auto dealer or distributor, he explained.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Noel Moloney shows piles of seized paper products that had cocaine secreted between layers of cardboard. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Many smuggling schemes, though, are not so simple.
In the warehouse, which used by U.S. Customs as an examination station to conduct more thorough cargo inspections, the agency keeps a roadside shrine of sorts to black market deals that didn't get through.
There are hollowed-out wood pallets that were used to secrete heroin, stacks of cut paper of paper that hid bundles of marijuana, and old auto transmissions used to smuggle bundles of cash.
Sometimes there are clues to someone who knows what they are looking at that something is off. Moloney pointed to a piece of high-powered machinery and the thin 23-gauge wires coming out of it. It was an electrical-mismatch.
"A 23-gauge wire does not support a 220-volt system," he explained, referring to the power needed to run the equipment in question.
A closer examination revealed it wasn't a case of simple miswiring. Inspectors found drugs inside.
One of the hiding places used by drug smugglers were these batteries filled with cocaine, which had been shipped into the port. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
An echo of betrayal
A pallet of floor tiles being shipped in from overseas gave away its secrets to an inspector who had done work in the past as a mason, and knew far more than most about what stone sounds like.
"It was just a just a simple thing he did. He went around tapping," recalled Moloney, who demonstrated by hitting one tile hard with a tool, and then another one. There was a hollow echo in the cavernous warehouse.
"This one made a different noise," he pointed out. "Each one of these things was a concrete coffin. This one had marijuana inside."
Customs inspectors at a warehouse used to search cargo. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Christmas does not wait
There are all kinds of schemes. Phony bills of lading. Hidden compartments. Liquid drugs.
At the same time, Moloney said his inspectors don't have a lot of time to conduct their examinations.
"Everything that comes in here has to go out quickly," the Customs supervisor noted. "You can't keep Christmas trees into January."
And yes, Christmas trees have been used by smugglers. Moloney recalled they once found a cache of drugs secreted in the drilled-out trunks of trees that had come into the port for the holidays.
Counterfeit headphones, given away by a misused name on the box. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Dr. Dre gave it away
For counterfeit merchandise like Xiao Xia Zhao's sneaker shipments, the things being smuggled are more likely hiding in plain sight. Matt Patruno, whose title is chief cargo processor, said Customers and Border Protection last year seized $1 billion in counterfeit goods, like the automotive air filters they found off a ship from China.
In one case, he pointed to a pair of generic sneakers might have gotten through. But that was before they found the counterfeit Nike logos that were to be affixed once they got through Customs.
Sometimes, though, it's easy to figure out something is just not right. Patruno pointed to a high-end set of wireless headphones in a box labeled "Beats by Dr. Dre."
The name was the giveaway.
"It's supposed to be Beats by Dre," explained Patruno. "Whoops."
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Asbury Park, NJ-native jam-rock upstarts Dogs In A Pile on Thursday kicked off a weekend run of tour dates in the Northeast with a sold-out performance and Newmarket, New Hampshire’s The Stone Church Music Club.In addition to a mix of fan-favorite originals and the debut of a new tune, “Ugly Song”, the two-set show featured covers of songs by Phish (“Free”), the Grateful Dead (“Feel Like A Stranger”), and ...
Asbury Park, NJ-native jam-rock upstarts Dogs In A Pile on Thursday kicked off a weekend run of tour dates in the Northeast with a sold-out performance and Newmarket, New Hampshire’s The Stone Church Music Club.
In addition to a mix of fan-favorite originals and the debut of a new tune, “Ugly Song”, the two-set show featured covers of songs by Phish (“Free”), the Grateful Dead (“Feel Like A Stranger”), and Little Feat (“Time Loves A Hero”).
Dogs In A Pile—comprised of Jimmy Law (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Kaplan (keys/vocals), Joe Babick (drums), Sam Lucid (bass), and Brian Murray (guitar/vocals)—will continue their weekend run on Friday night, November 18th with a sold-out gig at Cambridge, MA’s Middle East. On Saturday, November 19th, the band will head south to New York City for a show at Mercury Lounge. Next Friday (11/25), the Dogs will return to Port Chester, NY’s storied The Capitol Theatre to serve as support on Twiddle‘s annual Frendsgiving celebration.
For a complete list of upcoming Dogs In A Pile tour dates, head to the band’s website here.
Setlist: Dogs In A Pile | The Stone Church Music Club | Newmarket, NH | 11/17/22
Set One: Look Johnny, Snow Day, Blues for Brian, Today > Rinky Dink Rag > Writing On The Wall > Free (1)
Set Two: Feel Like a Stranger, Tillie > Ugly Song (3), Stranger, Samba for Sam (4) -> Appleseed, Trunk Rum
Encore: Jack & Coke > Time Loves a Hero (5) > Bubble (1) Phish (2) Grateful Dead (3) Debut (4) Jeremy on washboard (5) Little Feat
New Port Murray location increases total capacity in New Jersey by over 30%WESTCHESTER, Ill., August 30, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA), a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers, announces the opening of a state-of-the-art IAA Port Murray (NJ) branch. As its sixth branch in New Jersey, the Port Murray facility increases IAA’s capacity by more...
New Port Murray location increases total capacity in New Jersey by over 30%
WESTCHESTER, Ill., August 30, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA), a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers, announces the opening of a state-of-the-art IAA Port Murray (NJ) branch. As its sixth branch in New Jersey, the Port Murray facility increases IAA’s capacity by more than 30% in the state. This follows several recent strategic investments that have more than doubled IAA’s capacity in New Jersey in the past five years.
Features of this new location include Vehicle Inspection Center (VIC) space, a dedicated VIC drop zone area, and covered motorcycle storage. Customers and employees will also have additional meeting and training space with conference rooms.
"This new branch will be vital in meeting the expanding needs of buyers and sellers in the catastrophe-prone Atlantic coastal region," said Tim O’Day, President of U.S. Operations. "Our customers will benefit from significantly increased capacity in northwest New Jersey and the integration of leading-edge technology and innovation throughout the Port Murray facility."
IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA) is a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers. Leveraging leading-edge technology and focusing on innovation, IAA’s unique platform facilitates the marketing and sale of total-loss, damaged and low-value vehicles. Headquartered near Chicago in Westchester, Illinois, IAA has nearly 4,500 employees and more than 210 facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. IAA serves a global buyer base – located throughout over 170 countries – and a full spectrum of sellers, including insurers, dealerships, fleet lease and rental car companies, and charitable organizations. Buyers have access to multiple digital bidding and buying channels, innovative vehicle merchandising, and efficient evaluation services, enhancing the overall purchasing experience. IAA offers sellers a comprehensive suite of services aimed at maximizing vehicle value, reducing administrative costs, shortening selling cycle time and delivering the highest economic returns. For more information visit IAAI.com, and follow IAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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Travelers will see more yellow Spirit Airlines jets taking off from Newark Liberty International Airport after federal officials reassigned 16 runway slots to the Florida-based airline late Tuesday.The reassignment of the peak hour runway timings vacated by Southwest Airlines is intended to provide low cost options and improve competition for flyers using Newark Airport, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said in a statement.But a consumer watchdog g...
Travelers will see more yellow Spirit Airlines jets taking off from Newark Liberty International Airport after federal officials reassigned 16 runway slots to the Florida-based airline late Tuesday.
The reassignment of the peak hour runway timings vacated by Southwest Airlines is intended to provide low cost options and improve competition for flyers using Newark Airport, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said in a statement.
But a consumer watchdog group questioned the decision, citing Spirit’s poor record for canceled flights and on-time performance as recently as April in a USDOT report.
The 16 runway timing reassignments had been operated by Southwest Airlines since 2010 when it acquired them as part of a Department of Justice remedy to make competition more fair after the United-Continental merger.
Spirit and JetBlue Airways each recently applied for all 16 of the timings held by Southwest, and Alaska Airlines applied for four.
After a review, federal transportation officials determined that Spirit will be best able to provide competition with all 16 slots and is most likely to provide the lowest fares to the most consumers, officials said.
“We appreciate the DOT’s thoughtful analysis and are pleased to see this process come to a conclusion. Spirit will continue to promote competition and offer affordable, high-value travel options for guests traveling in and out of Newark and the New York Metropolitan area,” said Erik Hofmeyer, a Spirit spokesman.
Critics questioned whether the new assignments will this help ease the travel problems seen during the July 4th holiday weekend, which the consumer watchdog organization U.S. Public Interest Research Group called “chaos.”
“This is a curious decision that we’re not sure is in the best interest of consumers,” said Teresa Murray of PIRG Consumer Watchdog, responding to questions from NJ Advance Media.
“DOT said this move would boost competition and cut costs for flyers, but there’s more to competition than just cost. The cost of a flight doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t get you there,” she added.
A June 2022 federal report ranked Spirit as having the highest number of canceled flights and third worst on-time arrival rate in April.
“For the last couple of years, Spirit has been plagued with high numbers of cancellations and complaints,” Murray said. “How do you reward that by giving the airline more takeoff and landing times at one of the busiest and most important airports in the country?”
A Spirit spokesman said the airline did better in June and cited USDOT reports that said Spirit ranked better than April numbers in March and February. In March, almost 60% of Spirit’s 538 arrivals at Newark were on time. All arriving flights at Newark had a 70% on time rate in March, according to USDOT.
“This summer, we’re running one of the best operations in the industry with high on-time performance and completion factors,” said Erik Hofmeyer, a spokesman. “Spirit has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the entire industry.
He cited a popular industry blog, Cranky Flier, that wrote in a recent article “Spirit and Alaska, however… you both deserve a standing ovation for being the most reliable operators this June.”
Spirit currently offers 500 daily flights to 67 destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean, according to its website. This month Spirit has up to 24 daily departures to 14 destinations with one new destination, Oakland, California, starting next month, Hofmeyer said.
“We plan to maintain our existing routes, which have grown over the past couple of years, and we’ll share details for new service additions at a later time,” he said.
The announcement comes after a rough holiday weekend when tens of thousands of travelers nationwide found their flights delayed or canceled over the busy Fourth of July weekend.
The delays and cancellations made Newark the sixth most problematic airport on Monday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
On Friday, Newark had 67 flights, or 6.1%, canceled. Another 472 flights, or nearly 43% were delayed.
On Saturday, 84 flights, or 8.5%, were canceled, while 28.3%, or 279 flights, were delayed. And on Sunday, 33 flights were canceled, or 3.2% of the total. There were 174 flight delays, or 16.6% of the total.
The runway space reassignment at Newark Airport comes with conditions.
Spirit will have to report additional data on disruptions to its customers and on its ability to provide them with accommodations.
“These reporting requirements will enable the department to monitor Spirit’s ability to deliver on its customer commitment and permit the department to better quantify the financial impact of operational disruptions on travelers,” federal transportation officials said in a statement.
The Spirit spokesman said the airline will comply with the new reporting rules.
“Spirit is communicating with our federal regulatory agencies, and we follow all applicable laws, regulations and requirements,” Hofmeyer said.
PIRG sent a letter to the FAA on Friday outlining three steps to protect customers that should be included in 2023 Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation.
The FAA should institute an industry-wide reciprocity agreement, holding airlines accountable for chronically delayed and cancelled flights, and demanding clearer notices to passengers about their compensation rights under the law.
The FAA should adopt the FAIR Fees Act — short for the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act — in the 2023 reauthorization, the group said. That would prohibit airlines from charging baggage, seating and other fees that PIRG said are unreasonable. They also asked for stronger enforcement of passenger protections by giving state attorneys general the ability to enforce federal consumer protection laws.
The reassignment of runway slots in Newark also comes as Spirit and Frontier airlines are exploring merger. A shareholder vote on the merger scheduled for June 30 was put off until Friday. That will give Spirit more time to talk with Frontier and JetBlue Airways, which is also bidding for Spirit, the Associated Press reported.
(WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ – February 14, 2022) – Warren County continues toward its long-term goals of investing in farmland and open space. According to the Department of Land Preservation, the County has permanently preserved more than 27,278 acres of farmland and acquired more than 2,365 acres of parkland.Delivering his 2021 annual presentation to the Warren County Board of County Commissioners, Corey Tierney, Director of the Land Preservation Department, reported that the County preserved 12 farms totaling 856 acres and 4 op...
(WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ – February 14, 2022) – Warren County continues toward its long-term goals of investing in farmland and open space. According to the Department of Land Preservation, the County has permanently preserved more than 27,278 acres of farmland and acquired more than 2,365 acres of parkland.
Delivering his 2021 annual presentation to the Warren County Board of County Commissioners, Corey Tierney, Director of the Land Preservation Department, reported that the County preserved 12 farms totaling 856 acres and 4 open space properties totaling 49 acres last year.
“By preserving our farms, parks, and historic sites, we are investing in Warren County’s agricultural, recreational, and tourism industries. We can see returns on these investments as more people visit our parks and downtowns, local farms grow their operations, and families move to here from elsewhere. This is a wonderful place to live, work, and explore – and there’s real value in sustaining that,” explained County Commissioner Director Jason Sarnoski.
Open Space and Parkland
The Warren County Board of Recreation Commissioners is responsible for recommending the acquisition of open space and coordinating the use and improvement of parkland. Guided by the County Open Space Plan and Morris Canal 25-Year Action Plan, they have focused on acquiring key tracts of land along the Morris Canal Greenway, as well as expanding existing natural resource areas. Among other things, the county looks for unique features and sites of interests that are near population centers and accessible to residents.
“Warren County’s greatest assets are our forests, meadows, streams and lakes. Preserving these resources have been a top priority for the past decade and will continue to be so into the future,” County Commissioner James Kern said. “By partnering with our municipalities, nonprofits and other local groups, we will continue to protect the rural nature and beauty of this county,” Kern added.
Explaining that the county is investigating and negotiating over a dozen other properties, but that it is very selective when it comes to buying property, Tierney added, “We examine whether a property is consistent with our plans, whether it’s ecologically or historically important, whether it’s suitable for recreation, and whether it’s accessible to residents.” Using these selective guidelines, since 2011 the County has acquired 27 properties, adding 647 acres of land to the county’s park system.
For example, in 2015 the County acquired the 15-acre Svenningsen property, which enabled the completion of a long-desired loop trail around White Lake in Hardwick. In 2016, the County acquired the 20-acre Terhune property in Washington which enabled the completion of a long-sought connection across Oxford Mountain for the Warren Highlands Trail. That same year, the County also acquired the 65-acre O’Dowd property completing a long-anticipated Morris Canal Trail connection between Bread Lock Park in Franklin and Port Warren Park in Greenwich. Most recently, in order to connect the Morris Canal Greenway trail on Lock Street in Phillipsburg, the County purchased the small, but very significant Dias property, on either side of which the County already held property interests.
“By carefully targeting which parcels to acquire, we have been able to maximize the public benefit while limiting the County’s expense – getting more bang for the buck, so to speak,” explained Tierney.
Thanks to these efforts, the County now manages more than 2,365 acres of parkland, which consists of three natural resource areas and six parks along the Morris Canal. These include the White Lake, Marble Hill and Oxford Natural Resource Areas, as well as canal sites such as the Port Warren, Bread Lock, Port Murray, and Mount Rascal parks. More information about these parks is available at www.warrenparks.com.
“Even with all of these great sites, county open space and parkland only accounts for about 1 percent of all land in Warren County,” Tierney noted, “but we are also fortunate to have so many federal, state, and municipal parks here for our residents to explore.” Recognizing the importance of connecting these lands together, the County installed the Waterloo Valley Trail Bridge, which was selected from among 50 nominations statewide to receive a 2021 Thomas Petri Recreational Trails Program Achievement Award given by the Coalition for Recreational Trails.
In addition to acquiring key properties, in recent years the County also has overseen substantial improvements to its parkland and related structures, as well as coordinated the increasing maintenance of these areas. For example, in order to accommodate increased visitation to White Lake, the County expanded both the main and secondary parking areas, and also installed a new floating dock at White Lake for use by visitors fishing and paddling.
“Over the past 10 years, not only have we seen record visitation levels at White Lake, but many of our other parks have also seen an increase in visitation as interest in the Morris Canal Greenway has spread across the state,” Tierney said. “Fortunately we have been able to partner with the New Jersey Youth Corps and Warren County Parks Foundation volunteers to help maintain these areas.”
According to Tierney, open space preservation is a good investment because it’s important for environmental, health, and economic reasons. “Not only does it help strengthen the resiliency of the ecosystem,” Tierney explained, “but studies show that access to parks can help improve people’s health, spur commerce, and even increase nearby property values. These efforts continue to enjoy the public’s support because they improve our residents’ quality of life.”
The Farmland Preservation Program also continues to be very successful. Statewide, Warren County ranks third in number of farms preserved and fourth in total farmland acreage preserved. While these farms remain in private ownership, a perpetual development easement is placed on the property which restricts it to agricultural use only.
“Preserving these 12 farms last year cost the County about $1.6 million – which is only about 42 percent of the total $3.85 million cost. So for every $1 we spent on farmland preservation this year, we received $2.40 towards these projects as a match,” Tierney remarked. “The State, municipalities, and nonprofits have been great partners in helping to fund these efforts and this has helped the county leverage its funds over the years to preserve even more land,” he added.
Since 2011, the County has preserved 110 farms comprising 7,297 acres at a total cost of about $36 million, of which the County paid about $10.4 million – or just under 30 percent. Although the county has now preserved more than 27,000 acres of farmland, Tierney cautioned, “Some people hear that big number and think we’ve done enough, but that’s only about 38 percent of the county’s 72,000 acres of farmland and less than 12 percent of the 232,000 acres in Warren County. With increasing development pressure here, we are continuing to pursue farmland preservation as aggressively as we can.” The Warren County Agricultural Development Board is currently updating its Farmland Preservation Target List with the assistance of the Land Conservancy of New Jersey.
“In Warren County, agriculture isn’t just a way of life – it’s over a $90 million a year industry,” Tierney continued. “It supports many ancillary businesses while requiring very little in the way of municipal services. Not only are we protecting productive soils for future generations, but farmers often reinvest the proceeds from preservation back into their operations to buy equipment, supplies and even more land. This helps keep agriculture viable.”
The County is currently processing 35 farmland preservation applications totaling 2,739 acres. It expects to permanently preserve 12 of those farms totaling another 1,000 acres in 2022.
“The amount of effort and detail that went into the Land Preservation Department’s 2021 Annual report is a true reflection of the enormous amount of effort and detail that goes into the day to day operations of the department. The successes of this department are tremendous and are a huge part of how we are able to continuously preserve our way of life in Warren County. Thank you to Corey and his staff, as well as our board members and volunteers who put their hearts and souls into these preservation and recreation programs,” offered County Commissioner Lori Ciesla
The full presentation is available on the County of Warren’s YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/l5limcKDa_c
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