61-Acres Added to Voyageurs National Park

By KBJR News 1

61-Acres Added to Voyageurs National Park

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- On behalf of Voyageurs National Park, a 61.55-acre property on the Kempton Channel of Rainy Lake was purchased by the Voyageurs National Park Association.

The land, located on the north side of the Kabetogama Peninsula, includes boreal forest and hundreds of feet of sand beach shoreline .

The peninsula is a 75,000-acre area that does not have roads. It will provide a habitat for wolves, black bear, moose, otter and eagles.

Structures will be removed, shoreline will be returned to natural habitat and wildlife, and scenic views will be restored after the land transfers to the National Park Service.

The purchase is the largest yet under the Voyageurs National Park Association’s Preservation Initiative.

“This opportunity works well to serve the folks interested in selling and to protect land until federal appropriations become available,” Superintendent Michael Ward said.

Voyageurs National Park is one of the nation’s most remote and unique National Parks. It stretches 55 miles along the border between Minnesota and Canada, covering 218,055 acres of land and water.

Within the park are over 900 acres of privately-owned properties.

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