James Hughes: ‘New Jersey conservation linked to critical issues’

Economist James Hughes talks about a New Jersey ballot measure that would would offer $400 million in bonds to support land and historic preservation efforts in New Jersey. Dr. Hughes explains why land conservation is profitable for states, and becoming more so.

James Hughes: By inhibiting future congestion, by preserving open space land and inhibiting over-development, New Jersey becomes a much more attractive place to live.

Economist James Hughes of Rutgers University studies regional economics and has extensive knowledge of the economy of his home state of New Jersey. EarthSky spoke to him in October 2009 about a ballot measure there – scheduled for November 3, 2009 – called the Green Acres Bond Act. It would offer 400 million dollars in bonds to support land and historic preservation efforts in New Jersey. Dr. Hughes supports the measure. He explained why land conservation is profitable for states, and becoming more so.

To find out more, visit Garden State Preservation Trust.

Beth Lebwohl