Menendez-Lautenberg Bill To Protect New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Passes Senate

Menendez-Lautenberg Bill To Protect New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Passes Senate

Trail Spans 300 Miles, From Perth Amboy to Cape May and Deepwater

Washington - Last week, the Senate passed legislation written by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) to extend the authorization for New Jersey's Coastal Heritage Trail until 2011. The bill will help improve signage along the trail, including directional signs and signs that help interpret the trail's attractions.

"This funding will help us to continue experiencing and enjoying the natural beauty that our state has to offer," said Sen. Menendez. "I am delighted that we succeeded in extending this important investment into our historic coastal area."

"We have a responsibility to protect our natural treasures for future generations-and this legislation shows our commitment to getting things done to protect our environment," Sen. Lautenberg said. "The Coastal Heritage trail allows New Jerseyans to enjoy the beauty of our state, and this law would protect it for years to come."

The 300-mile Coastal Heritage Trail divides into five sections that extend south from Perth Amboy to Cape May and west to Deepwater. The trail contains historic villages, migrating eagles, boardwalks and the nation's oldest operating lighthouse, among other historic and cultural sites.

In 1988, Congress authorized the Secretary of the Interior to designate the Coastal Heritage Trail along coastal New Jersey to provide for public appreciation and enjoyment of important fish and wildlife habitats, geologic and geographical landforms, cultural resources and migration routes in coastal New Jersey. The 1988 measure was written by Sen. Lautenberg and former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ).

The Menendez-Lautenberg bill is part of a larger package of bills that must be passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the President before it becomes law.

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