Saddle Rock money in House budget —

Saddle Rock money in House budget

By K.C. Mehaffey
Wenatchee World


OLYMPIA — Funds to help the city of Wenatchee buy Saddle Rock are among $2.6 million proposed in the state House of Representatives budget for wildlife and recreation projects in North Central Washington.

A total of $50 million statewide would go to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program in the 2011 to 2013 biennium under the House proposal.

Gov. Chris Gregoire completely cut the fund in her budget, and created an alternative program that includes $20 million for projects in Puget Sound.

The Senate has yet to release its proposed budget, said Cynara Lilly, a spokesperson for the nonprofit Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.

Under the House plan, Wenatchee would receive $342,620, and provide a match of $361,620 in staff time and donations of cash and labor to acquire Saddle Rock from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The House plan also includes: $145,500 to protect rare plants in Camas Meadows; $500,000 to build a natural beach at Chelan’s Don Morse Park; $500,000 to build a trail and restore waterfront habitat in Entiat; $849,200 to preserve farmland near Omak; $244,800 for burning and thinning in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area near Tonasket; and $75,107 for trails connecting Twisp neighborhoods to the city park.

K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512

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