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.
Department of Natural Resources will use this project to restore and enhance 149 acres of grassland balds and prairie habitat on two Natural Areas in the San Juan Island archipelago. Cypress Island Natural Area contains some of the highest quality grassland bald habitats in the north Puget Sound region, however tree encroachment and invasive species threaten to degrade them. This project will remove encroaching trees, control other invasive plants, and restore treated areas with native grassland seeding and planting. Cattle Point NRCA contains patches of native prairie amid a largely degraded grassland that was historically prairie. Restoration will control invasive plants and revegetate areas with native grassland species. The primary habitat restored is grasslands.