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 use this grant to restore 115 acres of young commercial timber and another four acres of old homestead at Dabob Bay Natural Area. The project site is located above Long Spit, and on the headwaters of Camp Discovery Creek flowing into Dabob Bay. Both areas will receive weed control work and planting of native species. Plantation Douglas-fir will be thinned and native trees and shrubs planted. An old logging road with culverts will be removed. Priority species on site include Pileated Woodpecker and Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons nest in the vicinity, and the NA has the potential to support Marbled Murrelets and Spotted Owls. The primary habitat to be restored is coastal lowland forest habitat.