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 20 acres of land surrounding Beebe Springs adjacent to the Chelan Fish Hatchery. Work will include establishing riparian and shrub-steppe habitat adjacent to the restored Beebe Creek and enhancing fish rearing habitat along the Columbia River shoreline. Restoration will include planting of native plants upland and along the shoreline and removing non-native plants. Sixteen organizations have joined the department, focusing their efforts on this historic orchard between U.S. Route 97 and the Columbia River to create the Beebe Springs Natural Area. The group’s overall vision for this area is to restore habitats degraded by past use, improve and create fish habitat in Beebe Creek and along the Columbia River shoreline and build a trail system with educational elements.