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National Environmental Research Park (NERP)

In the 1970s, the National Environmental Research Park (NERP) program created seven NERPs to set aside land for ecosystem preservation and study. The Hanford NERP, managed by the Department of Energy, includes

  • the Fitzner/Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, which is the only remaining sizable remnant (312 square kilometers, 120 square miles) of the Washington shrub-steppe landscape that is still in a pristine condition.
  • the industrial zone of the Hanford Site, which contains nuclear production facilities in various stages of closure
  • buffer zones on the opposite shore of the Columbia River: the US Department of the Interior's Saddle Mountain Wildlife Reserve and the Washington State wildlife management area.

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