Sand Verbena Moth Habitat Restoration

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

State Parks will use this grant to restore habitat for the sand-verbena moth by reducing invasive plants, increasing the abundance of sand-verbena, and redirecting recreational users away from critical habitat. The work is designed to restore habitat for the sand-verbena moth, a critically imperiled species known to live in fewer than 11 locations in North America, two of which are Fort Worden State Park and Deception Pass State Park. The sand-verbena moth only occurs in sand dune habitats with relatively high cover of yellow sand-verbena and few exotic plant species. Surveys suggest the moth populations in the two state parks are harmed by an increase in exotic plants and, potentially, trampling of sand-verbena. Trails through the restoration area will give the public an excellent opportunity to observe rare native species and communities and keep them from trampling the plants. State Parks will contribute $44,340 in a federal grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $136,741.00 Applicant Match: $44,340.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Island, Jefferson Legislative District: 10, 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1586

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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.