Blockbuster Land Deal Protects U.P.

Gov. Engler has announced a plan that will shield about 390,000 acres of wilderness in the Upper Peninsula from development.

The initiative calls for the state and federal government, along with the Nature Conservancy, a timber company and philanthropic groups to form a partnership and buy the land, which is for sale by a school district.

The deal will protect private forest land, but keep the land open to the public.

The price take is expected to reach $150 million. The land stretches over 250 miles of Lake Superior watershed.