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County to consider Flannery Forestlands purchase


February 13, 2020

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Gogebic County officials stand with the daughters and associates of the late Melvin Flannery following a meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. One topic at the meeting was the county beginning the process of aquiring 4,000 acres of the Flannery Forestlands in Gogebic County. First row from left, Carol Rychlock, Peggy Packard and Cheri Fraley, three daughters of the late Melvin Flannery; second row, Brian Wilson, general manager Flannery Contracting, Commission Chair Dan Siirila, Greg Ryskey, county forestry and parks director, and Commissioner Bob Orlich.


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The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, authorized the start of a process that may add 4,000 acres of forestry land to adjoining county land.

The commission 7-0 approved the request from Greg Ryskey, director of county Forestry and Parks, to start the process of appraisals and grant-writing to see if it's feasible for the county to purchase the land from the Melvin Flannery Estate. The bulk of the property is already within county forestlands.

"It will be a lot of work," Ryskey said. "But it will be worth it."

Brian Wilson, gene...

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