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E-M:/ UP land sale may put public access in peril



More than 1.1 million acres of publicly accessible Upper Peninsula forest is for sale -- a potential threat to hiking, berry picking, snowmobiling and off-road vehicle use on land cherished by generations of tourists and Yoopers.
The current real estate will be sold in two blocks -- more than 650,000 acres owned by Escanaba Timber (formerly MeadWestvaco) that went on the market in August and 452,000 acres that are quietly being shopped this month by International Paper.