Nature Conservancy Makes Historic Land Acquisition

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has made a historic land acquisition that's expected to give the state an economic boost.

Conservancy state director Terry Cook told The Paducah Sun the 4,241-acre acquisition of land in Crittenden County is the largest in the conservancy's 38 years.

He added that the $13.4 million deal is one of Kentucky's largest conservation deals.

The property was purchased last week from The Forestland Group, a timber investment company.

Officials say the deal complements a 2011 transaction acquiring the adjacent 2,571-acre Sturgis Tract.

Together, the acquisitions create more than 6,500 acres for recreation and public access. It will be known as the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest.

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife national survey, the project is estimated to generate a $500,000 economic return to Kentucky each year.

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