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County's public-lands program acquires its 7th property this year

RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake County Public Lands Management Program acquired this week its seventh property this year.

The newest property is approximately 8.6 acres and is located east of Dead River Road, near Lake Harris. The property was acquired for $1.165 million. The property will be used for stormwater quality, preservation and conservation.

"By preserving properties such as this, we are helping to protect the watershed of this basin, maintain Lake County's environmental balance and preserve natural resources," said David Hansen, Director of the Lake County Public Lands Management Program.

Other properties that have been acquired this year include:
• 60 acres located north of Royal Trails near the Seminole State Forest
• 184 acres located in the Mount Plymouth community
• 88 acres located off County Road 42 in the Paisley community
• 64 acres located west of Grays Airport Road near the Town of Lady Lake
• 18 acres located east of U.S. Highway 27 on Helena Run and Lake Harris
• 809 acres located off Lake Erie Road in the Green Swamp

The Public Lands Management Program was created in September 2005 to assist the Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council with preparing and recommending policies to guide the acquisition and management of public lands, both environmental and recreational.

The creation of the public-lands program is a direct result of Lake County voters approving a public land referendum on Nov. 2, 2004. The referendum approved a one-third millage for the County to issue $36 million in bonds for the acquisition and improvement of land to protect drinking water, improve water quality of rivers and lakes, protect open space and provide recreation areas.

For more information about the Public Lands Management Program, call (352) 343-9648, e-mail dhansen@lakecountyfl.gov or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: public lands.

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