LANSING (AP) – More than 500 acres of private land are being added to Michigan’s 118,000-acre Pigeon River Country State Forest in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says in a release that funds from the Natural Resource Trust Fund helped purchase the tract of land within the forest.

The property also contains a mile-long stretch of the Black River and about a half-mile of Saunders Creek.

Management of the property will include timber, forest wildlife habitat and fisheries habitat. It will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing and resource-based recreation.

Existing forest land already contains extensive trails and abundant wildlife – including the biggest elk herd in the eastern U.S.

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