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NY state buys 296 acres in Hudson Valley for $1.6M

ALBANY (AP) -- New York conservation officials say the state has spent $1.6 million to buy nearly 300 acres in the Hudson Valley.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the purchases of 296 acres in the Columbia County towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant will protect scenery in the valley and will be added to the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The parcel known as Little Nutten Hook was bought from the Scenic Hudson Land Trust.
It's a spawning and nursery area for striped and black bass, shad, river herring and other fish as well as habitat for migratory and marsh birds.
The reserve is operated by the state and federal governments to study and improve the health of the river.

AP-WF-06-16-13 1434GMT
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