- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A nonprofit conservation group says it’s closing in on a goal to create a new state forest in Vermont named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1MpMfEQ ) the Trust for Public Land has been raising money for two years to buy a 1,300-acre parcel of land in Mendon and Shrewsbury. It needs $45,000 more to close the deal.

Officials with the group say the land would lie between the Aiken State Forest and the Coolidge State Forest, creating 88,000 continuous acres of accessible public land.

The group says it’s already raised nearly $1.1 million and is working with the state on the project.

Jeffords, who was from Shrewsbury, served in the U.S. House and Senate. He retired in 2007. He died last summer.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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