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Officials Announce Plans For New State Park

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ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) - About 2,000 acres of wilderness in upper East Tennessee are slated to become the Rocky Fork State Park.

Governor Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced the plans on Tuesday.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the total Rocky Fork tract is 10,000 acres, with 8,000 acres to be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The property already is surrounded by national forest and contains a section of the Appalachian Trail.

Rocky Fork has more than 16 miles of blue-ribbon trout streams and is a popular hunting area for black bear, turkey, deer and grouse. It also is home to endangered species such as the peregrine falcon.

The overall project cost approximately $40 million, with Tennessee committing about $6 million.

The Conservation Fund helped purchase the land.

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