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Wisconsin governor approves six land purchases
Associated Press
Published November 8th, 2004

WAUNAKEE, Wis. - Gov. Jim Doyle signed off Monday on using more than $3 million from the state's stewardship fund to buy 1,100 acres of land for conservation efforts.

Doyle's action Monday puts six separate land parcels under state ownership.

"We are able to preserve our precious rivers, lakes, forests, and lands for future generations to enjoy," Doyle said in a written statement.

Doyle signed documents approving the purchases during an event at Gov. Nelson State Park.

The purchases will help complete the Ice Age Trail, which follows the path of the last glacier that cut its way through Wisconsin thousands of years ago. The land buys also will provide opportunities for fishing and hunting, preserve fish and wildlife habitat and protect water quality in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin rivers, Doyle said.

The state's stewardship fund sets aside $60 million in bonds each year to protect state land from development, with Wisconsin spending about $5 million annually to pay off the long-term bonds.

The purchases were:

_200 acres for the Ice Age Trail in Polk County. When completed, the Ice Age Trail will run through much of Wisconsin from Door County south through the Kettle Moraine State Forest to Janesville, and then north through Devil's Lake State Park to northwestern Wisconsin.

_266 acres including the North Branch Milwaukee River Wildlife and Farming Heritage Area in Sheboygan County, to protect farmland from development, manage the area for wildlife populations and protect water quality.

_238 acres to expand the Clam Lake Wildlife Area in Burnett County. Two bald eagles nest within a half-mile of the parcel.

_227 acres in the Lulu Lake State Natural Area in Walworth County.

_87 acres in the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Walworth County to help restore plant communities.

_103 acres along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Land in Crawford County, to provide land for public recreation, scenic protection and wildlife habitat management.

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