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14,000 acres of forestland purchased by state

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — The state is buying nearly 14,000 acres of forestland in Iron County for public use and timber production.

The Department of Natural Resources is using $4.5 million from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund to purchase the land from the Conservation Fund, a non-profit group. According to the DNR, the Twin Lakes Legacy Forest has six small lakes and 3 miles of frontage on two trout streams.

The Journal Sentinel reports the deal ranks among the top 10 in state land purchases.

Gov. Scott Walker, in his budget proposal, wants the DNR to freeze new land purchases. The forestland is just south of Gogebic Taconite’s proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills.

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