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 conduct 130 acres of ecological thinning, invasive plant control, native vegetation establishment, and prescribed burning to restore forest and wet meadow habitats at Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve (NAP). The high levels of fuel loading in much of the forest habitat present a risk of high-intensity wildfire in an area that historically supported a low-intensity fire regime. The primary habitat to be restored is forest and wet meadow.