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Upper Peninsula Land Protected
(2008-06-12)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials are making progress on a plan to
protect 271,000 acres of forest in the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it
has completed a conservation easement for 36,716 acres, mostly in
Luce and Alger counties. The land will be privately owned and
commercially logged.
But other development will be prohibited, and the public will
retain access for activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing and
snowmobiling.
The DNR used a $3.5 million grant from the Michigan Natural
Resources Trust Fund and a $1.9 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to secure the easement.
It's part of a six-phase process to protect sections of forest
that extend across seven U.P. counties from the Tahquamenon River
west to the Porcupine Mountains.
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