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.
Commercial thinning and pile burning was completed across 411 acres. Associated with timber haul from the project area, maintenance was conducted on 25 miles of forest road, along with temporary construction of two small temporary spur roads. Upon completion of timber harvest, 1.25 miles of road was abandoned within the project area and grass seeding conducted on skid trails and landings. Additional silvicultural work included non-commercial thinning, hand piling, and pile burning across 314 acres. Broadcast prescribed burning was completed on 80 acres of the project area in fall of 2017. Various weather and social political factors delayed burning until 2017, and no further extensions were granted to complete more broadcast burning on this project. We are currently planning to complete burning with different funding sources on at least 200 acres of the project area.