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Land purchase would expand Kettle Moraine State Forest

OCONOMOWOC, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The state Natural Resources Board will decide on Wednesday whether to buy 140 acres near Oconomowoc that would fill a gap in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Robert and Renotta Thompson are offering the land for $720,000. That’s less than some recent appraisals, which showed that the property could be sold for up to $980,000 for single-family homes. The couple wants to prevent development.

The land has a variety of trees and plants, and the Oconomowoc River runs through it just before it empties into Loew Lake. Renotta Thompson says she has hiked and skied on every square inch of the place, and the public should have a chance to do the same.