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.
This project restored approximately 5 acres of shoreline and associated Riparian Protection areas along the Chehalis River near the end of Preacher’s Slough Road. The project included intitial weed control of Himalayan blackberries and reed canary grass, followed by restoration of native species to provide shade, cover and bank stabilization. Species planted included willow, cottonwood, sitka spruce, cedar, alder, native shrubs such as twinberry honeysuckle, salmonberry, elderberry, nootka rose, ninebark, and red osier dogwood. Areas damaged by off-road vehicles were repaired and restored to a natural, functioning condition. Maintenance was carried out following planting to insure success of the planting.