Phantom Butte Grassland 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 150 acres were completely restored using native grasses and forbs. Germination and growth rates were good, however the drought that has occurred in 2021 is likely to slow long term fill-in of spaces between planted seeds. The Whitney Fire of 9/7/2020 burned over the site, however, seasonal growth and seed production had already occurred. Since the Whitney Fire the grasses and forbs again came up very well in the spring of 2021. This demonstrates the resilience of native shrub steppe vegetation and the value of restoring old agriculture fields to native plants. No work has been done on the project since the previous status report. Post restoration photos taken in mid July of 2021. Although the vegetation is dried up and dormant by summer, the photos show a clean stand of grasses and forbs with no weeds. This is a successful restoration effort.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $21,931.12 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Lincoln Legislative District: 9 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-2072

Location Details

Take U.S. Hwy to the only highway rest area between the towns of Creston and Davenport, WA, roughly 7 miles east of Creston. About 300 yards west of the rest area, turn south onto Telford Rd. North. At about 7.5 miles, pass by the intersection with Whittaker Lake Rd. East. One half mile south of this intersection, stop and look left (east). The restoration site is about 1/2 mile straight east from here, accessed by hiking up a hill.

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.