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 Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will restore two abandoned agricultural fields (about 226 acres total) to a diverse community of native grasses, forbs, and shrubs. The management goal for this area is to maintain and enhance habitat characteristics for the benefit of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse as well as a host of shrub-steppe obligate and dependent wildlife species. This project is located in Big Bend Wildlife Area in Douglas County.