EAU CLAIRE — Natural forest land where Elk Creek joins the Chippewa River in Dunn County has changed ownership and is poised to become more accessible to the public.

Located just west of Eau Claire in the town of Spring Brook along 960th Street, the 69 acres of land will be permanently protected from development under new owner Landmark Conservancy.

Contact: 715-833-9204, andrew.dowd@ecpc.com, @ADowd_LT on Twitter

Local government reporter/Business editor

A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Andrew Dowd graduated from Verona Area High School in 2000. From there he attended UW-Eau Claire, earning his bachelor's degree in 2004 with a major in print journalism and minor in political science. During college, he was on staff at the school newspaper, The Spectator, and also worked part-time at the Leader-Telegram. Following graduation, he spent nearly a year as a reporter for The Stevens Point Journal before taking a job at the Leader-Telegram in August 2005. He's focused on reporting on local government, but has covered a variety of subjects including business, area development and human interest stories. In addition to writing for the daily newspaper, he also is editor of the quarterly Business Leader magazine.