The Dane County Board agreed Thursday to buy 131 acres for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in the town of Cross Plains for $2.6 million.

The board voted 20-14 with three absent to approve the $20,000 per acre price, down from a $23,000 per acre deal the board rejected a year ago. Critics pointed out that the property owner acquired the land for $12,000 per acre in 2005 and that the latest deal did not include an adjacent parcel where houses could eventually be built.

Funding for the purchase is coming from the county's Conservation Fund with reimbursement expected from the state.

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