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Group Buys Land, Prevents Break in Pacific Crest Trail

A group dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail has purchased private land in western Washington state to prevent a break in the path. The Pacific Crest Trail Association bought more than 400 acres (162 hectares) in the Stevens Pass area this week from a private landowner for $1.6 million, The Seattle Times reported. The association says the landowner had considered putting up a fence and cutting off public access to the trail. “Given the topography, we found it very difficult to loop around that piece…

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