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 restore approximately 895 acres of Pacific Northwest coastal forest located in the Bone River NAP, Niawiakum River NAP, Elk River NRCA, and Ellsworth Creek NRCA. These sites are located in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties. Restoration will focus primarily on the thinning of densely planted commercial forest stands in the 35-50 year old age range. Doing so will dramatically improve the quality of habitat for a variety of plant and animal species, including the marbled murrelet, spotted owl, populations of cavity dwelling bird species, amphibians, and the resident herds of Roosevelt Elk. The primary habitat type to be restored is rare salt marsh habitats and forested uplands.