South Thurston County Projects Get Full Funding in Capital Budget

April 30, 2019

Several important investments for the City of Tenino will move forward thanks to the recently passed capital budget, including a Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) grant for critical pocket gopher habitat.


Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier had to work pretty hard to keep his feet on the ground after finding out the final version of the state capital budget for the 2019-2021 biennium includes money for every major project connected to the South Thurston County town.

“These are all things that are tied together in a harmonious way,” Fournier said. “These are all projects designed to set Tenino up for the next 50 or 60 years.”

The $3 million requested by WDFW towards the purchase of the Alpacas of America property is just that — not enough money to buy the 1,700 acre lot that has been listed in the past for four times that amount. A coalition of land trusts and environmental groups have explored the possibility of getting involved, as have Thurston County and Tenino. 

The funding comes via the Critical Habitat category of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant operation.

Read the full story in the Daily Chronicle.