S. Sound Prairie and Bald Restoration 2

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 Fish and Wildlife used this grant to continue restoration of five areas in southern Puget Sound by removing invasive plants and replanting. Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, Bald Hill, Rocky Prairie, and West Rocky Prairie are home to many rare plants, animals, and plant communities of concern to the Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. The five sites in this agreement contained more than 60 percent of the remaining, native-dominated prairie outside of Joint Base Lewis McChord in southern Puget Sound. The department eradicated invasive plant species, using controlled fire, herbicide, and other integrated weed control methods. The two agencies partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Joint Base Lewis McChord to increase the seed production capacity. This cooperative project saved the agencies time and money by avoiding redundancies in staffing, contracting, and seed source development.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $359,605.16 Applicant Match: $19,925.48 Project Type: Restoration County: Thurston Legislative District: 02, 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1440

Location Details

From Olympia, head south on Interstate 5 to the Maytown exit, head west from the exit toward Littlerock. Turn south on Case Rd, and drive south approximately 5.5 miles. Access for the northern unit of Scatter Creek including two parking areas is on your right. Continue south on Case Road to 180th, turn right for 1/4 mile, and then right again into the parking lot for the south Unit of Scatter Creek Wildlife Area.

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.