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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore approximately 1,000 acres within the Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas. The project will continue implementation of the recently completed Sinlahekin Fuels Reduction and Fire Regime Restoration Plan and will include logging and burning to thin out trees and brush. This project is expected to improve conditions for many wildlife species including flammulated owl, pygmy nuthatch and white-headed woodpecker that require late seral conditions. The Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas are in north central Washington, between Loomis and Conconully, in Okanogan County.