The state Department of Natural Resources wants to add more than 7,000 acres to its holdings in northwestern Wisconsin in a deal that builds on a historic transaction comprising more than 100 square miles.
If approved by a state board, the DNR will purchase an easement on 7,090 acres in Douglas County for $3.5 million.
The land would be added to the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, which consists of large and small blocks of forestland now totaling 65,867 acres in four counties. Starting with the first acquisition in 2012, the Brule-St. Croix is the largest conservation-related purchase in Wisconsin history, covering Douglas and Washburn and small portions of Bayfield and Burnett counties.
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