Audubon Lake Grassland Restoration

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to restore 80 acres of Palouse grassland, west of Spokane, using all native seeds and replacing the exotic species previously present on the site after years of use as an agricultural site. This effort now serves as a pilot for future restoration of larger plots of Palouse grassland by state and federal agencies and others, and also provides environmental education opportunities. The Palouse grassland ecosystem is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world with only one-tenth of 1 percent of the historic levels remaining. Formerly a vast expanse of native bluebunch wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, and other grasses mixed with a wide array of forbs, it now provides important food and cover to species such as the sharp-tailed grouse, grasshopper sparrow, and burrowing owl.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 51825.59 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Lincoln Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1896

Location Details

20 miles west of Spokane; 13 miles east of Davenport: from Hwy 2 at City of Reardan, go north on Hwy 231 3 blocks to the SW corner of the property on east side of Hwy 231.

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.