Federal grant to aid habitat in Methow Valley

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The federal government has awarded a $3.5 million grant to Washington state, which will use the money to help protect habitat for 20 at-risk species in north-central Washington's Methow Valley.

The money will be added to funds awarded by the state Legislature this year to buy about 2,700 acres of land or conservation easements to connect lands needed for mule deer migration.

Elizabeth Rodrick of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife tells The Wenatchee World (http://bit.ly/qZYf5j ) that private land or easements will only be purchased from willing sellers.

This is the eighth grant the state has received to protect lands used by threatened and endangered species in the Methow Valley.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com