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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore about 200 acres of diverse native emergent marsh vegetation in the Skagit River Delta by removing a monotypic, invasive cattail meadow from the Island Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area. This project follows a multi-year control program that has been proven to be effective in eliminating the plant and allow native marsh plants to passively colonize the controlled site. The project is located along the South Fork of the Skagit River between Steamboat and Freshwater Sloughs in Skagit County.