State buys more than 1,800 acres for new wildlife area

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources has purchased land for the state’s 152nd designated wildlife area to be used for wildlife conservation, propagation and habitat management.

The department said in a release that its Division of Wildlife recently purchased more than 1,800 acres of land in Brown County in southwestern Ohio. The property is expected to open to the public in the fall of 2019. It will be known as the Eagle Creek Wildlife Area.

State officials say the land was bought from the Robert Perin family for about $4.1 million and was funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Wildlife Diversity Fund and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The Eagle Creek Wildlife Area will allow opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing.