AUGUSTA (AP) — The LePage administration says the state has received federal grants totaling $8.7 million to conserve two forest properties in western Maine.

Most of the money from the U. S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program, $7 million, will purchase 11,800 acres on Crocker Mountain in the town of Carrabassett Valley. The lands are part of a working forest owned by Plum Creek and include a segment of the Appalachian Trail and opportunities for ATV and mountain biking trails.

Another $1.7 million will enable the state to purchase a conservation easement of more than 5,800 acres of family owned timber lands in Madrid Township.

Gov. Paul LePage and members of the Maine congressional delegation announced the grants on Thursday.

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