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 the 122-acre Deer Creek wetland in the Klickitat Canyon Natural Resources Conservation Area, 3 miles northeast of Glenwood. The wetland is used by the greater sandhill crane, a state endangered species. One of only five sandhill crane nesting areas in Washington is near the project site. The site provides important foraging habitat during the nesting season. The Deer Creek wetland has been seriously damaged by ditching, roads, livestock grazing, and invasion by non-native species. The primary habitat type being restored is wetland.