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Extra acres to hunt and explore in Chippewa County

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Chippewa County (WQOW) - Hunters and outdoorsmen have more area to play in Chippewa County.

The Hallie Marsh Wildlife Area in southern Chippewa County encompasses more than 800 acres of protected state land thanks to years of donations from conservation groups. 

Wednesday, the Pheasants Forever Chippewa Valley chapter made another 80 acre donation to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.

The wetland, woodland and upland hunting and recreation area began back in 2005 as a small 80 acre parcel the DNR owned.

But because of collaboration between state and local funds, the value and size of the protected marsh has grown.

"To date, the 800 acres has a value of over $1.7 million.  That has come from these partners to buy and turn the land over and protect it for the future," says Chippewa Valley Chapter President of Pheasants Forever, Douglas Burrows.

Once Pheasants Forever donates the land to the state it becomes tax free and remains open for public use.

The group's goal is to continue purchasing land around the marsh and it is currently working with landowners to continue expanding.

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