The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.
Washington’s Methow Valley is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and stunning natural panoramas. Unfortunately, the area is also threatened by wildfires, but fortunately, our state agencies are working hard to protect this beautiful area through projects like the WWRP.
This month’s feature project is the Methow Forest Restoration Phase II on the ancestral lands of Colville people. The Department of Natural Resources has used this grant to complete silvicultural treatments on roughly 1,707 acres within the Methow Wildlife Area (MWA). This treatment is critical to wildfire prevention in the area, which protects overall forest health and wildlife habitat while reducing the risk of high severity fires. It safeguards the resilience of the forest habitat, which also allows for the continuation of high-quality WDFW wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.