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Trust buys land to protect fish near north Alabama car plant

A state trust is purchasing a nearly 500-acre tract in north Alabama to protect the habitat of a tiny fish that had endangered work on a $1.6 billion car plant.

News outlets report the Forever Wild Land Trust bought land where the rare spring pygmy sunfish lives near the Mazda Toyota plant being built in Limestone County.

The fish is listed as a federally threatened species and is known to exist in only two locations in Alabama, including near the factory. The $10 million land deal is part of agreement last year to avoid litigation over the Toyota Mazda factory.

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