OLYMPIA — A state budget proposed by the Senate and released Tuesday would fund only a portion of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program projects proposed by the House budget.
The Senate’s smaller $30 million allocation to the program eliminates $342,620 for the city of Wenatchee to purchase Saddle Rock; $849,200 to preserve farmland near Omak; $244,800 for burning and thinning in the Sinlahekin wildlife Area near Tonasket; and $75,107 for trails in Twisp.
The House budget included $50 million for the program, and would fund those projects.
Both budget proposals include $500,000 to the city of Chelan to restore Lake Chelan shoreline at Don Morse Park; $500,000 to Entiat to restore habitat and build a waterfront rail; and $145,500 to restore habitat for rare plants in Camas Meadows.
The two budgets must be reconciled into a final budget.
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