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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore approximately 150 acres of a 250 acre field on Phantom Butte located in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County. The site was previously used to support wheat production and will be restored to native grassland habitat to support Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and greater sage grouse. Both Species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. This site will ultimately support passive recreation (bird watching, hiking) and active recreation (hunting).