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 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.