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Cut Laurel Gap in Johnson Co. added to Cherokee National Forest

(PHOTO: WRCB)

Public land including more than 1,000 acres in Tennessee will be added to Cherokee National Forest. Knoxville News Sentinel reports environmental nonprofit The Conservation Fund announced Thursday a total of more than 1,500 acres costing $4.6 million were added in Tennessee and North Carolina. The land, also known as Cut Laurel Gap, will eventually be open for fishing in addition to ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer and black bear hunting. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says it's a great example of federal, state and local officials cooperating with private organizations to use Land and Water Conservation Fund money in protecting area and heritage.

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