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Senate to take up mine forest bill


MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is expected to take up a Republican bill that would close sections of forest around a northwestern Wisconsin mine site.

About 3,500 acres around the site in the Penokee Hills are part of the state's managed forest program, which grants landowners reduced fees in lieu of property taxes if they keep the land open for public recreation. Tensions have been high at the site since protesters emerged from the forest in June and began insulting mine workers.

The bill would close the area around mining equipment and roads on the site. The state Department of Natural Resources could close additional land to protect the public and mine workers.

The Senate was scheduled to take up the bill during a floor session Tuesday.

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