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 used this grant to restore 80 acres of habitat in the Klickitat Canyon Natural Resources Conservation Area for the endangered sandhill crane. Work included raising water levels in the existing wetland, planting disturbed areas with native plants, thinning encroaching lodgepole pine stands, and installing new fences to control access by cattle and minimize disturbance to sandhill crane nest. Restoration of natural processes will improve the habitat.