By: T.J. Pignataro
Source: The Buffalo News
The footprint of the perpetually protected forest in Zoar Valley is growing.
More than 600 acres – about a square mile in area – is being added to the already protected lands in southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus counties as part of a collaboration between a private landowner, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Nature Conservancy.
Why is that important?
It's one of the few remaining intact blocks of existing forest areas in the state's Great Lakes region, the Nature Conservancy said.
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