The Green Acres Survey Section assists those who prepare surveys for Green Acres and those who contract for those surveys. The documents and resources on this site guide surveyors, whether performing services for local governments, non–profit organizations, or directly for the State.

Agencies and organizations wishing to apply for and secure Green Acres funding and participation for their fee and easement acquisitions will find that this information will help them contract for appropriate survey content and format required for Green Acres approval.

Note: The current version of our “Scope of Survey Services and Standard Detail Requirements” became effective July 1, 2023, and is available on our Standard Scope of Survey Work page.

Mark Ashton, PLS

Overview of Survey Resources

See below for descriptions of the pages linked in the navigation bar on the left.

  • Surveys for State Land Acquisitions – explains the purposes for which Green Acres surveys are utilized and the contracting process. Links to full scope of survey requirements and a summary form.
  • Surveys for Local Governments and Nonprofits – distinguishes between State and other land acquisition survey procedures Links to full scope of survey requirements and a summary form.
  • Standard Scope of Survey Work – specifies content of format of final deliverables for all surveys. Includes a summary of the full contract specifications.
  • Forms and Checklists by Survey Type – for State land acquisitions, local and nonprofit land acquisitions, Environmental Infrastructure Funding Program (EIFP and EIT), Diversions and State House Commission Actions.
  • Green Acres Policies for Approving Surveys – addresses survey policies affecting surveyors who perform work directly or indirectly for Green Acres and those who contract to obtain that survey work.

State Survey Contract Awards

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) has awarded two year contracts to provide professional land surveying services for Green Acres state land acquisitions to the following firms:

  • Adams, Rehmann & Heggan Associates
  • Bohren and Bohren Associates, Inc.
  • Boswell Engineering, Inc.
  • CME Associates
  • Consulting Engineer Services
  • Dykstra Associates, PC
  • Fralinger Engineering, PA
  • Harris Surveying, Inc.
  • Pennell Land Surveying, Inc.
  • Taylor Wiseman & Taylor
  • Vargo Land Surveying, Inc

Visit the Division of Property Management & Construction for more information on how to do business with the State of New Jersey.

For local government or nonprofit survey work, contact your local municipality, county, or nonprofit organization directly.

Finding prior open space surveys

Looking for survey maps of prior open space acquisitions?

While some information may be in Green Acres archives, the managing entities for open space and recreational areas will have records for all lands that they manage. While you are always welcome to file an OPRA request, it is often faster to contact the managing entity directly to obtain this information. While Green Acres assists in the purchase of real property interests (fee or easement), it is not the managing entity for any land.

Please note that the Green Acres State Land Acquisition Standard Scope of Survey Services (as posted on this web site) applies to any lands acquired for the New Jersey divisions listed below, or in partnership with the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC), local units, or nonprofit organizations.

For surveys of properties for which Green Acres may have provided funding assistance, contact the municipality, county, or nonprofit owners directly.

The following is a list of state organizations and agencies that may have information in their files preceding the formation of Green Acres in 1961, or more current surveys beyond what is kept in the Green Acres facilities.

New Jersey On-Line Mapping and Tax Parcel Information

Looking for aerial photos or tax map parcel data?

The State of New Jersey’s Transparency Center has made on-line mapping, including tax parcels available to the public at no cost. While not a searchable site beyond display by county and municipality, it does allow zooming and panning over base maps of aerials or street maps.

The New Jersey Bureau of GIS offers its NJDEP GeoWeb, with access to a range of base map imagery including aerials, tidelands, wetlands, and topography over a range of years (some back to 1930). This GIS site is searchable by street address and shows tax map parcels when zoomed in sufficiently.

Search a free database of tax parcel information. Check the currency of data posted.