CHARLESTON, W.V. (January 5, 2016) —Today, The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 32,396 acres of working forestland in southern West Virginia that will eventually create the state's largest, conserved block of prime habitat for elk restoration.

In partnership with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), the Fund's historic conservation purchase will establish a vast protected landscape of sustainably managed land, supporting working forests and forestry-based jobs and increasing tourism opportunities for public hunting and other forms of wildlife-associated recreation.

"This purchase and the first-of-its-kind elk restoration program in West Virginia is an investment in the economic development and future vitality of the state," said Joe Hankins, Vice President for The Conservation Fund.

" We're proud to be a partner with the DNR in this effort to conserve an important and promising landscape, create new opportunities on land that once supported the state through it resources, and redefine conservation to provide multiple tangible economic and environmental benefits for local communities.

This is a win-win proposition for all West Virginians."

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