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Hanford Reach plants gain environmental protection

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Two plants that only grow in the area of the Hanford Reach National Monument have been listed as endangered species.

The White Bluffs bladderpod and the Umtanum desert buckwheat grow along bluffs above the Columbia River in south-central Washington.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the two plants for endangered species protection about a year ago. The Tri-City Herald reports the two plants gained endangered species protection on Monday. As part of the decision, the federal government designated 344 acres of protected critical habitat in Benton County for the Umtanum desert buckwheat, and 2,861 acres in Franklin County for the White Bluffs bladderpod.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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