N.J. Green Acres program buys nearly 5,000-acre preserve in Atlantic County for $9.7 million

A bald eagle sits sentinel over its nest on the former Lenape Farms property in Atlantic County. The nearly 5,000-acre former game preserve is part of a 61,000-acre green belt in the county.
Photo by Tom Gralish

ESTELL MANOR, N.J. - Standing in a nearly 5,000-acre former game preserve owned for generations by 13 families, his own among them, Stewart Keener was finding it difficult to part Thursday with its nesting bald eagles, meandering streams, and a quiet so pronounced it's almost deafening.

"It's hard for us to let go", Keener, 47, of Philadelphia, said. "This is so unique here."

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