Back Rock Lake Shrub-Steppe 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 will use this grant to restore a 177.5-acre field in the Big Bend Wildlife Area of northeast Douglas County. The department will remove non-native grass from this former agricultural field and replant it with native grasses and forbs, including plants of cultural value for tribes. The Big Bend Wildlife Area was purchased to benefit Columbian sharp-tailed grouse as well as a host of wildlife that rely on shrub-steppe habitat. This field is near seasonal pot-hole lakes and lekking grounds making it a priority for restoration. Without restoration, the site will not be productive grouse breeding habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 212,490.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1900

Location Details

From Grand Coulee, Washington, travel north on SR 174 6.75 miles to Smith Lake Road. Turn north on to Smith Lake Road and travel 8 miles to road 32 Rex. Now, turn east and travel 0.75 to locked wildlife area gate on north side of road and park. Walk 1.5 miles turning another left onto unnamed service road . The worksite edge is at the end of this second service road.

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.