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Extraordinary nature area near Taylor's Falls now protected

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Break out the hiking boots and binoculars! The rare Cooper's hawk won't be edged out by urban sprawl.

A 49-acre bluff site overlooking the St. Croix River valley and Franconia now has the highest level of state protection.

It's open to the public for birding, wildlife watching, viewing wildflowers, hiking and education and scientific research

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