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 Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will use this grant to complete restoration of 55 acres of native coastal dune habitat at Leadbetter Point State Park. The restoration will provide habitat for two federally listed threatened species, the Western Snowy plover and the Streaked Horned Lark; and two state listed endangered species, the Pink Sand Verbena and the Bear’s-foot Sanicle. The project also greatly benefits the critically imperiled dune ecosystem, the North Pacific Maritime Coastal Sand Dune and Strand. This proposal builds on extensive restoration by USFWS and State Parks over 850 acres of herb and shrub dominated dunes at the north end of Long Beach Peninsula, Pacific County, Washington. The project will control invasive plants to restore native dune topography, processes, vegetation, and habitat for the four species of concern and imperiled ecosystem, contributing to region-wide recovery efforts.