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 Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore more than 700 acres of outwash prairie, grassland bald, oak woodland, and wetland habitat at five of the most significant conservation sites in the South Puget Sound region: Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, West Rocky Prairie, Rocky Prairie, and Bald Hill. This project will restore priority areas that complement previously-restored units by acquiring native seeds and transplants, preparing restoration areas for seeding through burning, mowing, and controlling invasive plants, and seeding and replanting in these areas. Key invasive species will be targeted for control on additional prairie habitat within the sites. These sites harbor some of the last remaining populations of federal- and state-listed threatened and endangered plants and animals and Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Species of Greatest Conservation. The primary habitats restored through this grant are prairie, grassland, and oak woodland.