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DNR Land Deal Largest Conservation Purchase

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 --- 6:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources says its agreement to buy 100 square miles of forest in northern Wisconsin would be the state's largest land conservation purchase.

The DNR has a tentative agreement to spend about $17 million on land in four counties owned by Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover, N.H. The purchase protects the property from future development. The approximate 67,000 acres are located primarily in Douglas and Washburn counties, with smaller parcels in Bayfield and Burnett counties.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/J9Hm2y ) says the land transaction would be done in two phases. First, the Natural Resources Board next week will review the purchase of nearly 45,000 easement acres for $11 million. The second phase involves the rest of the land for $6 million with a proposed purchase in 2014.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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