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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Exemption sought on Steptoe Butte


January 21, 2021

Garth Meyer | Whitman County Gazette

STEPTOE - A private nature preserve may be sold to the state after a meeting to determine if communications towers fees can be used for weed control.

Steptoe Butte native prairie land bought in 2016 by private owners spans a wide C-shape at the base of the butte. Only about a quarter of Steptoe Butte is the state park – mainly its north side and top.

The weed control issue will be heard Jan. 26, as part of a meeting of the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. The 437-acre land parcel at the butte has been slated for purchase by either the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

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