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Conservancy, county talk Black Ash Swamp deal

The future concerning swampland on the Door/Kewaunee border could become clearer after the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee meets on Thursday. The Glacial Lakes Conservancy offered to purchase 420 acres of the Black Ash Swamp, which is one of the few vast, diverse lowland forests in the region. The Town of Lincoln signed off on the deal, but Kewaunee County officials pushed it off because the sale would have taken the property off the tax rolls. Land and Water Conservation Committee Chairperson Chuck Wagner says a plan for the conservancy to make a payment to the county in lieu of taxes is a good idea for everyone.

If the committee approves the resolution, it could get the final OK needed to finalize the sale at the Kewaunee County Board meeting on March 17th. The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee will meet this Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in Luxemburg to also discuss its support for the Green Bay Ecosystem National Estuarine Research Reserve project at UW-Green Bay and other items brought up by the public at past meetings.

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