Group buys land west of Fairbanks for growing greenbelt

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A national conservation group has purchased land that will add to a growing greenbelt west of Fairbanks.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports The Conservation Fund, based in Arlington, Virginia, bought two parcels that will add more than 300 acres to a mix of natural lands already protected against development.

    The property is in the Goldstream Valley near the start of the road leading to Murphy Dome.

    The property will be managed locally by the nonprofit Interior Alaska Land Trust.

    The local group hopes to eventually piece together parcels that will link the new acquisitions to the state-owned Goldstream Public Use Area, which covers about 2,000 acres.

    The public use area is mostly wetlands.

    The public use area is used by people mostly in winter when the ground is hard.

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