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.
State Parks will use this grant to restore 55 acres of open dunes and 100 acres of shrub-dominated dunes in Leadbetter Point State Park. Leadbetter Point, the northernmost end of Long Beach peninsula, is the largest undeveloped coastal dune system in Washington. The dunes are a critically imperiled dune ecosystem and are used by endangered pink sand verbena and bear’s foot sanicle and by western snowy plover and streaked horned lark, both of which are listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act. This work will build on the 500 acres of dune restored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the adjacent Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.