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 Natural Resources will use this grant to restore 80 acres of ponderosa pine forest communities and 20 acres of adjacent bunchgrass meadows, through thinning and woody debris removal, invasive plant control, and planting native vegetation. In addition, two areas on the NAP that were historically bunchgrass meadows, but are now dominated by invasive grasses and forbs, will be restored through invasive plant control, seeding, and planting. The primary habitat to be restored is ponderosa pine forest bunchgrass meadows.