LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has purchased 40 acres near Lake Wenatchee to  protect salmon habitat and restore an important river.

The land trust purchased the property on June 28 along the lower White River, increasing the amount of protected land to 683 acres over 8.6 miles of riverfront, according to a Chelan-Douglas Land Trust news release. The White River is spawning ground for sockeye salmon, one of two remaining stocks in the Columbia Basin.

The land trust purchased the property from Robert Martinson with funding help from the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee Habitat Subcommittee through Grant PUD’s habitat funds, according to the news release.

The 40-acre parcel was one of the few remaining unprotected properties left along the White River, according to the news release.

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Tony Buhr has been a professional reporter for almost seven years. He worked for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as a cops and courts reporter. The Ellensburg Daily Records as a cops and courts, breaking news, agriculture and water reporter.