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 habitat historically used by all the imperiled Morse Creek fish and by coastal cutthroat trout. Work will include removal of 1,100 feet of dike, restoration of the 1939 stream channel, reconnection of the stream with 9.3 acres of floodplain and construction of two log jams. Morse Creek is home to imperiled coho salmon, pink salmon, Strait of Juan de Fuca summer chum, bull trout and winter steelhead. Much of the stream reach is severely degraded and is extremely poor habitat for fish. The reach is channelized, confined, over-steep, diked and lacks a variety of habitat for the different stages of a fish’s life.