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State agency awarded $3 million for conservation land near Grand Coulee


A spring view from the project toward Barry in Douglas County and the Columbia River.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been awarded $3 million to buy about 7,250 acres of shrub-steppe habitat six miles west of Grand Coulee for sharp-tailed grouse, the department announced last week.

The grant is from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

It is the final phase of a three-phase project to buy more than 20,500 acres, with previous purchases making up the department's Big Bend Wildlife Area. The land is an important link between sharp-tailed grouse populations in Douglas, Okanogan, and Lincoln Counties and a strategic component in the department's ongoing effo...

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