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Nature Conservancy and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper preserve 222 acres of forest land

Erie County gained control over 222 acres of forest land on Friday.

The land – at the headwaters of Eighteenmile Creek in Concord – comes from a private landowner through a joint environmental conservation project by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the Nature Conservancy.

Riverkeeper approached the Nature Conservancy about the project and the two organizations partnered to buy the land for about $300,000 before turning it over to the county.

County-owned land surrounds the newly acquired parcel, according to Jim Howe, a regional executive director for the Nature Conservancy.

“It’s kind of the hole in the doughnut,” Howe said.

The land’s location at the start of Eighteenmile Creek, a major tributary to Lake Erie, makes it important to conservationists and Riverkeeper.

The effort ensures the land won’t be developed and will be managed to protect the forest and trout stream, Howe said.

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