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West Virginia to add nearly 19,000 acres of recreation land

December 23, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will soon add nearly 19,000 acres of public recreation land, resulting in more wildlife management areas.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports The Conservation Fund acquired 18,778 acres of current and former timberland in Northwestern West Virginia and will sell the tracts to the state Division of Natural Resources.

Once in DNR’s hands, the properties will create five new wildlife management areas, expand four existing WMAs and add to North Bend State Park.

The properties, located in Wirt, Wood, Jackson, Calhoun, Ritchie and Doddridge counties, were acquired from The Forestland Group, a timberland investment management organization.

Beginning in 2019, DNR will acquire the land in phases with money from hunting-license sales and with the agency’s share of federal funds derived from the sales of guns, ammunition and other hunting equipment.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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