RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is taking a step towards connecting two public forests. The Natural Resources Board approved purchasing nearly 600 acres in Vilas County for 1-point-5 million dollars.
The DNR wants the land so they can eventually connect the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest between Rhinelander and Eagle River and the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Reaching that goal will take several thousand more acres in Vilas County. American Legion State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says they plan to actively manage the forest land, which provides jobs in the timber industry. The land will also be open for public fishing, hunting, and hiking.