Palouse Prairie preservation moves closer

July 31, 2019

The largest remaining parcel of Palouse prairie in Washington state is one step closer to being protected forever, writes the Lewiston Tribune. This “magical place” received a WWRP grant from the state Legislature earlier this year.


“Steptoe Butte, the most prominent landmark on the Palouse that is home to one of the largest remaining parcels of native Palouse Prairie, is one step closer to being protected as public property.

The top of the butte is already a Washington state park. Now a 437-acre parcel on the flanks of the butte may be purchased and managed to preserve its natural state by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office recently awarded a $1.2 million grant to the state agency to purchase the land now owned by Kent Bassett of Bellevue, Wash., and Ray and Joan Fowlell of Pullman.”

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