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Wolf Island on Lake Vermilion protected

ELY — A 58-acre island on Lake Vermilion will be protected from development under an agreement announced Tuesday by the Trust for Public Land.

Wolf Island will become part of the Superior National Forest under the deal that also will see the historic cabin on the island, built by prominent architect John Jager, remain.

The island, in the northern portion of Lake Vermilion, not far from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, already is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Trust for Public Land purchased the nearly 58-acre island in 2007 to prevent development until funding was secured for the U.S. Forest Service to purchase the island to join the Superior National Forest. In 2010, the southern nearly 28 acres of Wolf Island were added to the national forest. As of Tuesday, the northern 30 acres have been added as well.

The two deals cost $1.7 million, with the Forest Service getting the money from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund generated from offshore oil and gas receipts.

The Trust for Public Land recently completed a deal protecting Gaul Island on Burntside Lake near Ely.

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