BRUNSWICK – The state has acquired 6,911 acres in Long County as part of the Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday. Part of the lower Altamaha River floodplain, the land was bought by The Nature Conservancy from Rayonier Forest Resources and immediately transferred to the state Department of Natural Resources, which will own and manage the tract. The parcel stretches for 10 miles adjacent to the river. It encompasses a variety of critical habitats, buffers a military bombing range and includes areas for hiking, boating and hunting.  It is home to at least 17 federal or state-listed rare and endangered species including the swallow-tailed kite, Florida manatee, gopher tortoise and eastern indigo snake.

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