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Kahlotus/ Marcellus Natural Area Rest.
- Pending Legislative Action
The Department of Natural Resources will use this WWRP grant to restore grassland and shrub steppe habitat within two Natural Area Preserves in adjacent counties in eastern Washington. Kahlotus Natural Area Preserve in Franklin County supports the largest known intact example of Palouse grassland vegetation in Washington. This site also contains a large population of the rare plant Piper's daisy, Erigeron piperianus. Marcellus Natural Area Preserve in Adams County contains three plant communities that are representative of the shrub steppe ecosystem. This site also contains alkali vernal ponds. The project goals are to restore 36 acres of native plant communities in altered areas within each preserve and to protect the remaining high quality areas found on these preserves. This restoration project will consist of removing non native grasses and forbs and seeding and planting these areas with native vegetation. At one time, the Palouse prairie and shrub steppe plant communities covered most of eastern Washington and extended into Oregon and Idaho. Over the past 150 years many of these areas have been lost to development leaving very few good quality plant communities remaining.
What is the WWRP?
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.