Prisoners' butterflies may aid military range

The prison's greenhouse, erected by inmates at the prison, was built with a $30,000 grant from the Department of Defense


By Josh Farley
The Kitsap Sun

BELFAIR, Wash. — For a small cadre of inmates at Mission Creek Corrections Center, raising a delicate species of butterfly has implications for the nation's defense.

A new greenhouse at the prison off Sandhill Road has been built to replenish the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, whose continued demise could cause interruptions to an artillery range at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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