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Trout Lake Meadow Restoration
- Funded in 2011
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to restore the hydrology and vegetation of the meadows at Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve, with the goal of improving habitat for the Oregon spotted frog, sandhill crane, pale blue-eyed grass, and other wetland species. The Trout Lake wetland system contains the second largest of the four known Washington populations of the Oregon spotted frog, a state sensitive species. Sandhill cranes, a state endangered species, use this site as a staging area and potential nesting area. The department will remove .37 mile of old irrigation ditches in the east meadow area and take out the old road on the western part of the preserve. The department also will control weeds on 25 acres, allowing native species to reestablish in the meadow. The ditches and old road will be planted with native plants. Past diversion of water from the meadow made the area drier, which decreases Oregon spotted frog breeding habitat, limits food for sandhill cranes, and limits pale blue-eyed grass habitat.
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.