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51,000 private forest acres saved from development


ST. PAUL - Look for virtual "welcome" signs in Minnesota's northern forests.

"Rather than having a series of private landowners put up 'no trespassing' signs, we are putting up 'welcome' signs for Minnesota citizens to enjoy the great outdoors," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday in announcing a public-private partnership will pay $12 million to keep more than 51,000 acres of forest much as it is today.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.