Land Buy Part of State’s Largest Privately Owned Preserve

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ROME, Ohio (AP) – A conservation group has bought nearly 1,000 acres of forest land in southern Ohio that’s part of its plan to create an uninterrupted corridor for wildlife near the Ohio River.

The Nature Conservancy says it’s the organization’s largest purchase ever in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the land now will be part of the state’s largest privately owned nature preserve that covers over 19,000 acres.

The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to expand the preserve from West Union in Adams County to about 20 miles east near Portsmouth and the Shawnee State Forest.

The group has been piecing together small tracts of land over time because most parcels in the area are privately owned by families.