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 Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to remove Scotch broom, reed canary grass, and other weeds in the Elk River Unit of the Johns River Wildlife Area to make the habitat more hospitable for marbled murrelet, dusky Canadian geese, and other wintering waterfowl. Murrelets need nesting sites near saltwater with trees tall enough to provide cover from predators. The extensive Scotch broom has prevented existing trees from growing tall enough and in greater number. In addition to removing Scotch broom, the department will plant trees in some areas.