Nearly 375 Acres of Cowtown Rodeo Land Now Federally Preserved

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PILESGROVE, N.J. -

State and local officials gathered in Salem County to celebrate the preservation of nearly 375 acres of land.

On Wednesday, April 11th, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service officially announced that 374 acres of the famous Cowtown Rodeo grasslands has been preserved.

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The Cowtown Rodeo has been owned by the Harris family since 1929 and they wanted to keep it in the family for future generations without fear of development.

Officials say this federal grassland preservation project will give them just that and is welcomed news not just for the Harris family, but also for the entire region and rodeo enthusiasts.

"It is a great day for Salem County, the state of New Jersey that our heritage is being preserved the way it is.," said Senator Steve Sweeney (D).

"Once it goes away you can't recreate it. Once it's gone, it's gone for good and we're very fortunate to have this here so congratulations to everyone. We're preserving New Jersey's history. We are the Garden State, remember that, and this is a rich piece of it."

The newly preserved land is the first grassland easement of its kind in New Jersey and will permanently protect farmland that is used as grazing land while at the same time providing important habitat for many species of grassland-nesting and migratory birds.

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