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DNR decides against new cherry orchards in Stemilt Basin, for now

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WENATCHEE — The state Department of Natural Resources has tabled discussions with Stemilt Growers about leasing land in the Stemilt Basin for new cherry orchards.

The decision means that state government did not ignore the careful planning in the Stemilt Basin by a group that formed in 2007, said Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee. That plan did not include cherry orchards.

West Mathison, president of Stemilt Growers, said it also means that some 400 seasonal jobs for orchard workers and…

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