Methow Shrub-steppe Restoration

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to restore over 600 acres of historic dryland agricultural fields in the Methow Wildlife Area, in north central Washington, to native shrub-steppe vegetation. This project was part of an ongoing effort to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of low elevation shrub-steppe habitat in the Methow Wildlife Area. Restoration included evaluation of each site for soil conditions, vegetation, habitat potential, and wildlife use before and after treatment; control of invasive weeds; seeding each site with native vegetation; and follow-up weed control and vegetation monitoring.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $302,953.48 Applicant Match: $11,263.58 Project Type: Restoration County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1646

Location Details

From State Hwy 20 (North Cascades Hwy) from the east, travel from Pateros to the town of Twisp. From Twisp, turn right on Eastside County Road. Go 7 miles to Bear Creek Rd. Follow Bear Creek Rd about 4 miles to Wildlife Area Headquarters.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.