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 thin forests and remove invasive plants in two department-managed natural areas and one wildlife area managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, in Jefferson and Mason Counties. The department will remove trees in a young, artificially regenerated forest stands, then plant under-represented trees and shrubs. The work will restore the structure and composition of lowland forest communities to allow for the development of more natural forest conditions and accelerated development of important habitat features such as large trees, downed wood, and snags.