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July 16, 2018
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ODNR plans new state forest in Vinton County
(WOUB) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources
plans to establish a new state forest in Southeastern Ohio with help from an American Electric Power smog settlement.

Assistant Director of Forestry Andy Ware says the department will acquire 3,200 acres in Vinton County for Ohio's 21st state forest.

The federal government currently oversees forest research projects on the privately owned property, and those would continue.

AEP last year agreed to spend $6.6 billion to settle a federal lawsuit over power plant air pollution, and $10 million was to go to forest preservation.

In a federal filing, AEP proposes spending
$1.85 million to help buy the Vinton Furnace forest.

Other money would come from the Conservation Fund, an environmental group.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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