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.
WDFW will use this grant to restore a 177.5-acre field in the Big Bend Wildlife Area of northeast Douglas County. Big Bend Wildlife Area was purchased to benefit Columbian sharp-tailed grouse as well as a host of shrub-steppe obligate and dependent wildlife species. The department will remove non-native grass from this former agricultural field and replant it to a diverse community of native grasses and forbs. The primary habitat type to be restored is shrub-steppe.