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New grant arms weed warriors in southern Malheur County

JORDAN VALLEY – A state grant will boost efforts to battle weeds in the southern part of Malheur County.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board granted $143,454 to the Owyhee Watershed Council for weed eradication work near Jordan Valley. Invasive weed species threaten critical sage grouse habitat in the area.

The grant uses state lottery dollars and will be crucial for the future, said Eric Morrison, the Jordan Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area coordinator.

“It definitely helps us keep the doors open and the lights on in our office in Jordan Valley . . .