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Feb 27, 2013 10:18 AM by AP

State buys Bartholomew tract, will open to public

BASTROP, La. (AP) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said the state has secured a tract of land on Bayou Bartholomew in Morehouse Parish that will be an oasis of outdoors recreation.

Barham says the state closed the deal Tuesday and paid The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana $300,000 for 247 acres that are contiguous to Chemin-A-Haut State Park on the upstream side of the park.

The tract will be called the Ben Lilly Conservation Area, named after the legendary outdoorsman who once took Teddy Roosevelt on a successful bear hunt.

Barham said he plans to build a road accessing the Ben Lilly Conservation Area through Chemin-A-Haut and eventually build a boat ramp primarily designed to launch canoes and kayaks.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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