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Minnesota's huge forest conservation deal closes today

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Minnesota's single largest land conservation deal ever will be signed and sealed today as the state buys conservation easements on 187,277 acres of forest owned by Finnish paper giant UPM.

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A combination of state money and private conservation funds will buy permanent protection for the land, in various tracts, mostly in Itasca County, along the infant miles of the Mississippi River.

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