North Douglas County 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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to convert 413 acres in the Sagebrush Flat and Wells Wildlife Areas that were covered in non-native grasses and noxious weeds to shrub-steppe habitat. In their previous condition, the fields were of little ecological value. Restoration increased shrub-steppe habitat and improved connectivity through the wildlife areas and nearby. This benefited animals, including the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse. There are active sharp-tailed grouse leks in the area. Restoration of these fields provided places for the grouse to nest, raise their young, and hide from predators.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $249,812.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Douglas Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1584

Location Details

From US Highway 2 turn north on to State Highway 172. Travel on Hwy 172 until it intersects with County Road B NE, also known as Bridgeport Hill Road. Turn north on to Road B NE. Travel approximately 4.75 miles until it intersects with Dyer Hill Road. Turn west on to Dyer Hill Road and travel approximately 3 miles until it interescts with North Division Road. Turn north on to North Division and travel 6 miles until it intersects with Road 26 NE. Turn east on to Raod 26 NE and travel 2.75 miles to the intersection with Road C NE. Project field is located east of insection.

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.