Habitat protected near Columbia River mouth

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ILWACO, Wash. (AP) -- Three parcels of land near Ilwaco, Wash., have been acquired to permanently protect riverside habitat for fish and wildlife near the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Columbia Land Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration announced the acquisition of 560 acres this week.

The purchase is designed to protect Oregon's and Washington's threatened and endangered juvenile steelhead and salmon populations.

The parcels include 117 acres at the mouth of the Wallicut River, 378 acres at Knappton Cove, across the river from Astoria, Ore., and 65 acres of tidelands, floodplains and uplands at the mouth of the Deep River.

Glenn Lamb of the Columbia Land Trust says his organization will work to remove invasive species on the parcels.

The Daily Astorian reports that BPA purchased the land for $1.1 million.