Post Fire Shrub Steppe Habitat 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 Department of Natural Resources will conduct a restoration project on four Natural Area Preserves in Okanogan and Douglas Counties. This project will restore 65 acres of shrub steppe habitat impacted by recent large-scale wildfires. Two Steppe NAP lies within the identified breeding area of the Douglas- Grant County Greater Sage-Grouse population. Riverside Breaks NAP contains a population of the rare Snake River Cryptantha (State and BLM sensitive species). Davis Canyon NAP was established as a National Natural Landmark because of the high quality plant communities present on this site. Methow Rapids NAP, located south of Pateros includes unique plant communities not protected in other areas. In addition to the fire impacts, two of these sites were impacted by fire engines and vehicles during the fire suppression activities. Work will be done to reestablish the native plant communities and limit any nonnative species from establishing. The primary habitat to be restored is shrub-steppe.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 98100 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1678

Location Details

All three Natural Area Preserves are located within Okanogan County. Methow Rapids is located 1 mile south of Pateros on Highway 97. Riverside Breaks is located 2 miles north of Omak on Highway 97. Davis Canyon is located 13 north of Brewster along old Highway 97.

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.