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Last updated 3:26PM ET
July 17, 2018
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Wayne National Forest celebrates new land
(WOUB) - The U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and forest users celebrated yesterday.

They gathered because of a partnership that over several years has added more than 4,100 acres of land to the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

The final phase of the project was the transfer of 1,600 acres in Lawrence County and 500 acres in Gallia County to the U.S. Forest Service.

Jerri Marr is the acting supervisor of the Wayne National Forest.

This completes a land protection project that began in 2004 when the Conservancy began buying the land from Mead-Westvaco Corp.

The Conservancy, a privated conservation organization, held the property until it could be purchased later by the Forest Service.

The new land is very diverse with numerous fishing ponds, open meadows, and young mixed hardwood and conifer trees.

The total acreage of the Ironton Ranger District is now 104,000 and the grand total is 240,000 acres in the Wayne National Forest.
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