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 rare habitats at five locations in the South Puget Sound area. Additionally, this project will: a) acquire native seeds and transplants; b) prepare areas for seeding (prescribed fire and invasive control); c) conduct seeding and transplanting; d) control high priority invasive grasses and forbs; and e) implement integrated Scot’s broom control. Other actions include Oregon spotted frog habitat enhancement at West Rocky Prairie and oak release at Mima Mounds NAP. This project supports habitat protection and enhancement as well as passive outdoor recreation.