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      Keweenaw Peninsula acquisition protects wetlands

      State officials say 181 acres of coastal land in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula has been permanently protected.

      Nearly $1 million in grant funds was invested to acquire the parcel from a private owner. Funding came from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The J.A. Woollam Foundation and The Nature Conservancy also provided support.

      The acquisition is part of an initiative to protect the 8,000-acre Bete Grise coastal wetlands complex in the far western Upper Peninsula.

      The area contains a variety of habitats and a rare type of wetland called a patterned fen. It's home to wildlife including bald and golden eagles, sandhill cranes, wolves and black bears. It also includes 1.7 miles of Lake Superior shoreline.