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Plum Creek to sell forestland for preservation

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A 500-square-mile, 320,000-acre swath of forestland will be sold to a group of conservation-minded buyers by Plum Creek Timber, in one of the largest sales of forestland for preservation purposes in United States history, according to the New York Times.

Half of the $510 million purchase will come from private donations, while the other half will come from the federal government under a new tax-credit bond mechanism recently passed by Congress.

The forestland, located in western Montana, was purchased by the Nature Conservancy, a non-profit group that buys forestland for preservation throughout the world, and the Trust for Public Land, a non-profit conservation group that buys land for protection in the United States.

The conservation effort will “promote continued public access to these lands for fishing, hiking, hunting and other recreational pursuits,” according to a statement from Plum Creek.

“This will be the most significant land conservation project in the state’s history, by far,” said U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), in a statement.

The lands in the agreement, which include part of the Swan Valley and areas surrounding Missoula, are located in the heart of the “Crown of the Continent,” one of the most ecologically diverse and intact biological systems remaining in the United States, according to the statement.

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Big players offer fourth of July promotions

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The fourth of July is a time for strong barbecue sales and, many retailers hope, a time for a significant spike in DIY activity. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards are offering a number of promotions around the holiday to capitalize on the holiday week.

The fourth of July is a time for strong barbecue sales and, many retailers hope, a time for a significant spike in DIY activity. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards are offering a number of promotions around the holiday to capitalize on the holiday week.

Home Depot also is offering the 10 percent military discount, from July 3 through July 6, on purchases up to $2,000. The countryOs largest home channel retailer is also offering a 10 percent discount on appliances, and a similar rebate promotion on Behr paint — $5 off one gallon and $20 off a five-gallon container. Other items and services being promoted over the holiday include $200 off Kampar patio sets; $199 whole-home carpet installation; 10 percent off various kitchen countertops, sinks and cabinets; and free shipping for certain air conditioners.

At Menards, the Midwestern retailer is putting a heavy emphasis on patriotic items, including American flag lawn chairs and T-shirts. Flag kits and red, white and blue lights also are being promoted. The retailer is offering 15 percent off Coleman camping gear for the holiday, as well as 20 percent off certain barbecue tools and sale prices on all grills.

Other promotions at Menards include a $7 rebate on a gallon of Dutch Boy paint and a $35 rebate on a five-gallon purchase. UltraDeck decking is on sale over the holiday season, and the retailer is offering 14 percent off Crestline and PeachTree brand windows.

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Thieves use display tools to rob Home Depot store

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A Miramar, Fla., Home Depot store was robbed this weekend by thieves who used power tools displayed in the store to break into a safe in the store’s vault room, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The amount of money stolen from the store has not yet been released. The thieves reportedly used the power tools to open the door to the vault room and cut the hinges off the store’s safe.

According to a local CBS affiliate, employees discovered the robbery when reporting for work at 5 a.m. on Sunday.

The employees also discovered the store’s alarm system had been disabled, and it was unclear whether the store’s surveillance system was able to capture the incident.

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