Moose Lake Property

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Moose Lake, Wisconsin
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Shaun Lake

Sharing an eight-mile boundary with the popular Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the 1,135-acre Moose Lake property was an attractive prospect for second home development. But large inholding—privately owned property within the boundaries of public lands—threaten public access, disrupt sensitive wildlife habitat, and degrade watersheds. Recognizing the importance of the property to the health of the national forest, TPL negotiated the purchase of Moose Lake from Plum Creek Timber Company and, with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, was able to transfer the property to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in May 2008.

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