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 funding to restore approximately 150 acres of meadow and dry forest habitat within 2,350-acre Klickitat Canyon Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA) located in Klickitat and Yakima County. Within the project area, restoration work will include approximately 100 acres of thinning, 50 acres of prescribed burning, 5 acres of native vegetation planting, 10 acres of invasive species control, 2 acres of hydrologic restoration, and removal of accumulations of woody debris. This work will restore ponderosa pine dry forest and seasonally wet meadow habitat that support greater sandhill cranes, long-bearded sego lily, rosy owl-clover, dwarf rush, Pulsifer’s monkey-flower, and Kellogg’s rush. Along with benefits to these species, this work will also reduce fuels on the landscape and increase fire-resiliency in this portion of the NRCA. The primary habitat to be restored is meadow and dry forest habitat.