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 Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore a section of the recently-acquired 215-acre Teanaway Valley Unit of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, in Kittitas County. The department will remove a culvert that is blocking steelhead and spring Chinook. A culvert is a large pipe or structure, which carries streams under roads. The department also will increase floodplain connection along two tributaries by installing weirs, replant the floodplain and riverbanks, and remove weeds and plant native bunchgrasses in the grassland and meadows to restore them. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will contribute $90,500 in donations of materials.