Big Bend Shrub-Steppe Restoration

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 165695 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1949

Location Details

From Grand Coulee, Washington, travel north on SR 174 6.75 miles to Smith Lake Road. Turn north on to Smith Lake Road and travel 8 miles to road 32 Rex. Now, turn east and travel 0.75 to locked wildlife area gate on north side of road and park. Worksite is 6 miles at end of service road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.