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Natural Resources Board protects Wis. forests

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SPRING GREEN, Wis. (AP) -- The state Natural Resources Board has approved a deal that will protect from development more than 10,000 acres of hardwood and pine forest adjacent to the Chippewa Flowage in northern Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/pjwEsu ) the board approved on Wednesday spending $4.6 million on a conservation easement that will preserve the land, which is owned by Plum Creek Timberlands.

The easement will prevent the land management company, or future owners, from developing the property and it will open the land for recreational use.

The DNR will use a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service to help pay for the easement, leaving a cost of about $2.1 million for the state.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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APNP-08-10-11 1520CDT

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