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Indianhead lake placed in Wisconsin Land Trust for preservation

SIREN - A Wisconsin conservation group is protecting its first entire lake in the wilderness.

Marjean Hoeft signed a preservation agreement yesterday with the West Wisconsin Land Trust. She has 208 acres about seven miles northeast of Siren. It includes Tucker Lake - a 47-acre body of water that's surrounded by wetlands.

Hoeft said she saved for years to buy the right piece of land. And she and partner Lisa Vecoli finally found it in Burnett County. They've been looking for a non-profit group to help protect their land from future development - and they said the West Wisconsin Land Trust was the perfect fit. It supervises about 26-thousand acres from near La Crosse to Lake Superior.

The agreement prevents the land from ever being used for homes, businesses, mining, or logging. And it will remain intact whenever the land is sold. Hoeft says the agreement reduces her future sale price, but she'll get a tax break for the difference.