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 Natural Areas Program used this grant to restore and enhance habitat for two rare and endemic plant species, the Wenatchee Mts. checkermallow and Wenatchee larkspur. This project restored hydrology on 13 acres of the site and restored native wet meadow plant communities, including the two rare plants, on five acres within this area and on three acres within prescribed burn units. Non-native invasive species were controlled on an additional 11 acres adjacent to the wet meadow. Controlled burns were conducted on seven acres to reduce encroaching shrubs and trees and to stimulate recruitment of both rare plant species.