A conservation easement purchase approved in Dixie County

GAINESVILLE, Fla.(WCJB)-- The purchase of a conservation easement in Dixie county has been approved by the state.

Governor Scott and his cabinet approved a nearly 20 thousand acres conservation easement within the lower Suwannee River and Gulf Watershed Florida Forever project.

The purchase will protect the natural resources in the area of the Suwannee River and the Gulf of Mexico.

It will allow for corridors for rare plants and animals so they are protected, while also allowing a timber company to harvest in the area.