A rocky promontory near the south end of the tract provides a sweeping view of what will become the state's newest wildlife management area at the north end of Canaan Valley.
Discussing the terrain encompassed by the Canaan Valley tract are, from left, Rodney Bartgis, state director of The Nature Conservancy, Canaan Valley Institute director Jennifer Newland and Steve Brown, fish and wildlife planner for the DNR.
The soon-to-be wildlife management area includes more than three miles of the Blackwater River, a popular trout stream stocked by the DNR.
From the five-square-mile tract, the town of Davis and the Backbone Mountain wind farm can be seen in the distance.
Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'CVLAND5'........9.5x5.28.......DNR aquired land in Canaan Valley.......4/16/12.......