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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Nisqually Land Trust has acquired 720 acres of timberland near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.
The group says the land from Hancock Timber Resource Group will provide critical habitat in the Kapowsin Forest for spotted owls, marbled murrelets, elk and other wildlife.
The state Department of Natural Resources will hold a conservation easement, preventing future development there.
The land cost nearly $2.6 million. Most of the money came from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. The Nisqually Tribe also provided money and will help the trust manage natural resources on the site.