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Washington State University scientists, along with the U.S. Department of Defense and the nonprofit center for Natural Lands Management will conduct a study to find how “working landscapes,” including grazing cattle, might help with habitat conservation.
The state’s remaining native prairie lands are mostly found in southern Puget Sound, including on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Thurston County. These prairies are home to many species that are at risk of extinction, including Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly and the Mazama pocket gopher, Kantor reported.