EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County plans to sell a 63-acre parcel to a nonprofit conservation group, over the objections of nudists and others who use the land to get to a popular bathing beach.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the land is part of a popular, though illegal, route to Glass Bar Island park at the confluence of the coast and middle forks of the Willamette River. The only legal access is by boat.

The beach users fear their access will be cut off.

The county says it can't afford to maintain or restore the land.

The nonprofit group is applying for grants to buy and secure the property.

It has eight old, shallow gravel pits, filled with water.

The group hopes to create habitat for threatened fish.

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