Sturgeon River Gorge added to National Forest

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Sturgeon River Gorge added to National Forest

Postby ~jeff~ » Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:14 pm

Sturgeon River Gorge added to National Forest

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Associated Press
August 18, 2008

BARAGA, Mich. - One of the steepest gorges in Michigan now is owned by the National Forest Service and will be accessible to the public.

The 2,000-acre Sturgeon River Gorge near Baraga in the Upper Peninsula has been added to the Ottawa National Forest.

It had been owned by WE Energies since the 1920s, and once was considered for a possible hydroelectric dam site.

Instead of selling it to developers, the company decided to sell it to the government for public use.

The $3.5 million deal announced Friday also adds nearly seven miles of the Sturgeon River to the Ottawa forest system, meaning that portion of the river will remain preserved and protected.

WLUC-TV reports the forest service plans to add public facilities to the land such as trail heads and restrooms.

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