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Public hearing Wednesday to close forest

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 4th about a new bill that would close around 4,000 acres of forest around an iron mine site near Lake Superior.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a 4 1/2-mile mine in the Penokee Hills.  Bill authors Glenn Grothman and Tom Tiffany would close the surrounding acres to recreational use.

The surrounding forest area is a part of the Department of Natural Resources' managed forest program.  The program ensures access for hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and sightseeing.

Tiffany says the proposal is meant to protect mine workers from more protestors.

The Senate's mining committee scheduled a public hearing on the bill for Wednesday.

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