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.
State Parks will use this grant to complete restoration of a meadow in the southeast corner of Mount Spokane State Park. The 624-acre Ragged Ridge Natural Area Preserve supports a mixture of mature forests and open meadows, and contains a mountain ridge. The meadow has been damaged by off-road vehicles and invasive and non-native species. State Parks will halt prohibited all-terrain vehicle use, replant eroded areas, remove trees invading the meadows, suppress non-native plants introduced by off-road vehicles, and educate the public about stewardship of the natural area preserve. This grant will complete restoration efforts that have been ongoing for more than 30 years.