South Puget Sound Grassland 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

Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, West Rocky Prairie, Rocky Prairie and Bald Hill are home to rare plants, animals, and plant communities of remnant South Puget Sound grasslands and oak woodlands. These sites are of conservation concern due to degradation pressure from a number of threats, including invasive species and altered disturbance regimes. The WWRP project goal was to restore portions of these rare habitats, emphasizing needs for federal- and state-listed threatened and endangered species and WDFW’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This Interagency 2-year project acquired native seeds and transplants; prepared areas for seeding through prescribed fire and invasive control; conducted seeding and transplanting; controlled high priority invasive grasses and forbs as well as implement integrated Scot’s broom control. Other actions included Oregon spotted frog habitat enhancement at West Rocky Prairie and oak release at Mima Mounds NAP and the scatter creek WLA. WDFW, WDNR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Center for Natural Lands Management cooperative partnerships were utilized to restore prairie and oak habitats in the South Puget Sound region, including coordinated site preparation treatments, seed production, and plug production. This project was a cooperative effort between WDFW and WDNR due to identical restoration needs, saving time and money by avoiding redundancies in staffing, contracting, and seed source development.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $390,750.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Thurston Legislative District: 02, 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1859

Location Details

From Olympia, head south on interstate 5 to the Maytown exit, head west from the exit toward Littlerock. Turn south on Case Rd, and drive south approximately 5.5 miles. Access for the northern unit of Scatter Creek including 2 parkings lots on the left. Continue south on Case Road to 180th, turn right for 1/4 mile, and then right again into the parking lot for the south unit of Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

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.