MELLEN (WKOW) -- Public land surrounding the site of a proposed iron mine near Mellen has been closed off the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Friday.
About 3,500 acres around the site is open to the public. Gogebic Taconite has closed a 600-foot strip on each side of each private road running through the site. The company has concerns that protesters opposed to the mine would use the space to harass mine workers as they conduct tests.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in December that allows Gogebic Taconite to create restricted zones around private roads on the site.
DNR officials say the area will still be open to the public for fishing and hunting purposes during the November gun deer season.
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