The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to build a short trail in Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve, in Chelan County. The department will build a trail, less than 1 mile long, and install an informational kiosk and five interpretive signs. The self-guided educational trail will give visitors a chance to see rare plants and wildlife. Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve contains the largest know populations of Wenatchee Mountains checker-mallow, which are listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, and Wenatchee larkspur, which area federal species of concern and listed as threatened with extinction by the State. In addition to these two species, the proposed trail will provide an opportunity to see 220 native plant species and more than 120 species of native birds. There is no formal public access at this preserve, and this trail will give visitors a self-guided opportunity to learn about Washington’s unique natural heritage in a beautiful setting.