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Wisconsin's Telemark Forest Reserve protected

Landmark Conservancy gets state funds to help protect land used by Birkie ski race, wildlife.

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The nonprofit Landmark Conservancy this week announced they have successfully raised funds to purchase 218 acres near Cable called the Telemark Forest Preserve.
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DULUTH — The nonprofit Landmark Conservancy this week announced they have successfully raised funds to purchase 218 acres near Cable, Wisconsin, called the Telemark Forest Preserve.

The nonprofit land trust received notice in March of a $203,000 grant through the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

The land will be open to the public but can’t be developed and will continue to provide a backdrop for the celebrated American Birkebeiner ski race while also helping to protect the watershed of sensitive cold-water streams.

The property borders Bayfield County Forest land, expanding a block of unfragmented wildlife habitat. The conservancy signed a purchase agreement for the land in July 2021 with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

The adjacent Mt. Telemark Conservancy property also is slated to receive state conservation funds.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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