Feds give Clallam County millions to 
buy up private land for fish

By Austin Ramzy

Clallam County, WA - Feb. 8, 2001 - Lyn Muench, natural resources planner for the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe, stands on the slush-covered bridge as she discusses prime chinook salmon spawning grounds in the river.
She points to a fallen alder-covered side channel, ideal spawning habitat for other threatened salmon species.
On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would earmark $2.775 million toward the purchase of 323 acres of forest land along the river.
"This is another drop in the bucket, but it's a nice big drop,'' Muench said.
The federal agency also earmarked $900,000 to help buy 300 acres of salt marsh, tidelands and stream corridor along Snow and Salmon creeks, which drain into Discovery Bay.
The money is distributed as part of the Endangered Species Act. Congress created the land acquisition program in 1997.

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