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.
State Parks will use this grant to restore 11 of the 32 acres of balds along the Hamilton Mountain Trail in Beacon Rock State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. The Washington Natural Heritage Program lists the north Pacific herbaceous balds and bluffs as vulnerable. They are characterized by rich and unusual collections of plant species and often support populations of special status species. The balds along the trail have been damaged by trampling, erosion, and weeds. State Parks will restore the balds during a project to redevelop the trail. State Parks will control invasive plants, close social trails, and seed and plant the area with native bald species. State Parks also will develop management plans for special status species and interpretive signs and materials.