brookdale signLINCROFT, NJ - William D. Kastning, executive director of theMonmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF), will discuss his organization’s plans for future open space acquisitions at 6 pm Feb. 23 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Lincroft. The meeting, open to the public, includes members of the BCC Environmental Club and other students and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.

A public referendum on funding the NJ Preservation Trust Program, which includes Green Acres open space, farmland, and historic preservation, was approved last Nov. 4. Open space advocates had been concerned, because while past referenda have always passed, the margin of approval has gradually decreased due to economic uncertainties.

The MCF has been involved in protecting more than 6,500 acres in Monmouth County during its 36 years of operation. The Foundation’s efforts at preserving open space has expanded from its original goal, protecting the county’s land and natural resources, to a broader purpose: “ protecting  our health and well-being and that of future generations. “

Mr. Kastning’s presentation, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” lectures, is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental protections.  At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7.  As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .