Supervisors want industrial site for hunting until buyer is found

NATCHEZ — While Adams County officials wait an industrial prospect to show interest in the old International Paper site, some local residents want to lease a wooded area of the property for hunting.

Adams County is marketing the 478 acres to industrial prospects. Officials also have said they are in negotiations with Natchez Railway for part of the land.

Supervisor David Carter said the wooded portion of the property is prone to flooding but has wildlife and has hunting camps on one side.

“Hunting season ends before next spring, so there’s going to be no activity on that property after then anyway,” Carter said. “If we can generate a little money right there with it now, then good.”

Supervisor Mike Lazarus said the portion of the property in question is where the IP industrial waste water treatment facility’s discharge lines come out — an area unlikely to have significant potential for further development.

“That part of the property will never be used for anything but right of ways anyway because it is flood prone,” he said.

The Natchez Democrat reports that supervisors asked board attorney Scott Slover to make sure the county can enter into a hunting lease. Slover said he will talk with Natchez Inc. officials to make sure it would not interfere with any marketing strategy for the land.

“We don’t want to sacrifice the main purpose of that property for a short-term gain,” he said.

Adams County bought the IP property in August for about $9 million at the behest of Natchez Inc., which sought control of the industrial wastewater treatment facility on the site as an economic development-recruiting tool.

Rentech bought the land from International Paper in 2008 with announced plans for a coal-to-liquid fuel production facility. Those plans were scrapped in 2011.

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