Environmental officials for Florida and Alabama are considering a deal with International Paper to purchase land along the banks of one of Alabama's last undeveloped coastal rivers.
A U.S. Senate panel has designated two million dollars for the purchase of land along the Perdido River which forms the western border of the Florida Panhandle with Alabama.
The land along the river has little residential development, and holds some of the few remaining longleaf forests of Gulf White Cedar in either state.
Most of the land is owned by International Paper.
Supporters of the deal want to preserve the land in its natural state for recreational use.