CRSP Ecosystem Restoration

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) utilized this grant to control and remove invasive plants and replant part of the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve. The preserve is 3,018-acres located at the mouth of the Chehalis River, between Aberdeen and Montesano, in Grays Harbor County. The primary wetland community is a Sitka spruce-dominated forest, with wide gaps created by wind-thrown trees, numerous winding channels, and dense native vegetation. Work included ecosystem restoration in the various sloughs and waterways within the preserve and a new 3 acre Riparian Protection wetland restoration area located on the shoreline of Preacher’s Slough, adjacent to a completed restoration project.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 85933.68 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1253

Location Details

Best acccess is via the Blue Slough water access. From Montesano, drive 5 miles SW on HWY107 to right turn on Blue Slough Road proceed about 3 miles to small turn out - Blue slough access. this is one of the primary points of departure for water access to this project.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.