- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to consider buying an easement on about 7,000 acres of northwestern Wisconsin forest.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1TnUPIM) the DNR wants the rights to 7,090 acres in Douglas County for $3.5 million. The land would become part of the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, which currently totals 65,867 acres across Douglas, Washburn, Bayfield and Burnett counties.

DNR officials say the additional acreage would offer large blocks of forest that would benefit wildlife, public users and loggers. The land is home to sharp-tailed grouse and Kirtland’s warbler and features dozens of lakes and more than 10 miles of stream frontage.

The Natural Resources Board is expected to consider the easement during a meeting Wednesday in Madison.

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