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 restoration for these acres is still underway. There were multiple challenges originating from rebounding weeds, COVID caused public land closures, and delays in the cultural resource initiation and process that was completed in 2021. Weeds were controlled multiple time, annually, over 230 acres for the duration of the grant. Native grass seeding of 165 acres at Bissell flat occurred in 2020 and 2021. Seed germination in 2021 was encouraging but 2022 seed germination and survival low. Native grass seeding of the 74 acres at Magers will be seeded in fall 2022. Forb and shrub planting will occur in spring of 2023. Weed control and native plantings will continue using a variety of other funds. The restoration photos shared in last progress report were from June of 2022, however with spring precipitation these sites have since required additional weed control. We have committed to a successful restoration outcome.