Trust Buys Acreage to Add to Cumberland Gap Park

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A nonprofit conservation organization has
purchased more than 2,100 acres in eastern Kentucky with plans to
eventually turn the land over to Cumberland Gap National Park.

The Trust for Public Land announced Wednesday that it bought the
acreage near Fern Lake, a watershed that supplies drinking water to
the nearby town of Middlesboro. The trust bought the land from The
Molpus Woodlands Group for $3.3 million.

The lake and the land around it are visible from the park's
Pinnacle Overlook, which offers views of three states - Kentucky,
Tennessee and Virginia.

The first 1,266 acres will be transferred to the park in
January, using $1.9 million from the federal Land and Water
Conservation Fund. The remaining 905 acres will be transferred when
money is available.

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