In this 2010 file photo, State Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Recovery Biologist Mary Linders releases a group of adult Taylor's checkerspot butterflies into a South Sound prairie area. On the verge of extinction,they were raised in captivity at the Oregon Zoo, and with only two known populations ,one in the artillery impact zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the other in the Bald Hills in Thurston County. Steve Bloom/Staff photographer
STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian
An environmental preservation effort aimed at keeping endangered species alive while freeing up the Army to use its valuable South Sound training grounds is receiving a $12.6 million boost in funding from the federal government and nonprofit organizations.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its surrounding communities were chosen for a pilot project partnering community organizations with the Defense, Interior and Agriculture departments.
Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/military/2013/07/10/federal-government-steering-millions-to-south-sound-to-preserve-gophers-artiller/