After spending most of the last three decades gaining land, the State Conservation Department is switching its focus from acquiring areas to taking care of what the state already has. And that includes working more with private land owners. Department Spokesperson Denise Garnier says the new policy makes sense because she says a vast majority of land suitable for conservation-type activities is still held privately. Garnier says the state is still looking for certain unique natural tracts to acquire, as well as land contiguous to already state-held areas.
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