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DNR Tries to Build Forest CorridorSubmitted: 12/13/2012

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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VILAS COUNTY - The DNR wants to build something of a bridge out of forest in the Northwoods.

A new land purchase in Vilas County helps that mission.

The goal is to create a connected corridor between the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin's Northwoods and the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Wednesday, the Natural Resources Board approved the purchase of about 600 acres to help with the connection.

The price tag?

$1.5 milllion.

"We're able to make those ecological connections to create an ecological corridor between our current ownership and expanses of public ownership in the U.P.," says Steve Petersen, the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Superintendent

The new land will be open to hunting, fishing, and hiking, but will serve another purpose as well.

"We also will actively manage some of this land where it's appropriate. That contributes to our local economy. It provides jobs in the timber industry. By actively managing forests, we keep the forest healthy too," Petersen says.

The DNR still needs to buy several thousand acres in Vilas County to connect to the Michigan border.


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