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.
The Department of Natural Resources, partnering with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, will use this grant to restore rare costal prairie and endangered plant habitat at Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve on Whidbey Island. The project will restore over 2 acres of native prairie and Golden Paintbrush habitat on two portions of the NAP (Prairies 1 and 2). This will be done by removing invasive and non-native species, and planting native prairie species, including Golden Paintbrush. The primary habitat being restored is coastal prairie.