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 Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) used this grant to implement a restoration thinning and habitat improvement project that enhanced both forest and floodplain condition and function within the LT Murray Wildlife Area. The project objectives were: 1) to restore and protect ecological processes and functions for the purpose of improving habitat diversity for wildlife and improving the landscapes resilience to catastrophic fire within the diverse forests and shrub steppe ecotone of the Taneum/Manastash landscape; and, 2) to improve the functional integrity of North Fork Manastash Creek and associated riparian and upland habitat. This project completed cultural resource consultation with the affected tribes, treated approximately 500 acres of over stocked forests, supplied 3500 pieces of source wood for in stream placement to improve aquatic habitat, and re-seeded disturbed soils.