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 85 acres of Russian olive trees in the Gloyd Seeps Unit of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area, in Grant County. Recent estimates show that Russian olive trees occupy more than 8,000 acres of the wildlife area, where they have reduced habitat quality for popular game birds such as pheasant and quail. The department will target small stands and trees on the edge of areas with native trees and plants to limit the spread of the Russian olive trees. Work will address 35 of the remaining 70 infested acres in the south end of the Gloyd Seeps Unit and 50 acres in the Desert Unit.