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 Natural Resources will use this grant to restore 220 acres of forest and wet meadow habitats through ecological thinning, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and planting native vegetation in the Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve, Chelan County. The work will enhance habitat for three rare plant species, including the federally-endangered Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow, as well as a variety of forest wildlife. This project builds on recent restoration efforts, enhancing the long-term viability of the diverse habitats and rare species on the site. The primary habitat type being restored is forest and wet meadow.