Prairie Restoration on San Juan Islands

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

This project is designed to restore 120 acres of grassland balds and prairie habitat in the north Puget Sound, at Moran State Park on Orcas Island and Jones Island Marine State Park. The native prairie communities at both parks are threatened by tree encroachment and  invasive species. This project will remove encroaching trees, control other invasive plants, and restore treated areas with seeding and planting of native prairie species.  Successful restoration methods and approaches developed from similar habitats in the southern Puget Sound and Willamette Valley will be used. This project will build on, and benefit from, recent restoration activity conducted on a portion of Jones Island, as well as other restoration activities and partnerships within the north Puget Sound region.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 107,400.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: San Juan Legislative District: 40 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1587

Location Details

The balds on Mount Constitution can be accessed via Mount Constitution Rd. within Moran State Park.

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.