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 thin the forest in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The department will thin 667 acres of forest south of the Tieton River and do a controlled burn of 593 acres in the Oak Creek drainage in previously thinned areas. The work will improve habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species, promote forest health, and improve ecological integrity so treated areas are resilient to stressors.