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 Oak Creek Wildlife Area is proposing approximately 667 acres of forest restoration thinning and approximately 593 acres of prescribed fire in the Tieton river watershed. The project will occur on WDFW owned lands in Township 15N, Range 15E, Section 35, and Township 14N, Range 15E, Sections 11, 15, 17, 27 & 33. The overall goal of the project is to improve habitat conditions for a wide variety of wildlife species, promote forest health, and improve ecological integrity so treated areas are resilient to current and future stressors. Forest thinning will occur on lands south of the Tieton river, and consist of commercial and pre-commercial activities depending on stand condition and habitat objectives. Prescribed fire will occur in the Oak Creek drainage, and consist of broadcast burning in previously thinned areas. The project will continue the landscape restoration of the Oak Creek drainage, contribute to the DNR 20-Year Forest Health Plan, and as much as possible the project will be coordinated with partners in the Tapash Collaborative.