South Sound Prairie and Grassland Bald 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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to develop and plant seeds of prairie plants in the Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, Bald Hill, Rocky Prairie, and West Rocky Prairie areas. These areas are home to rare plants, animals, and plant communities of concern to both the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The project goal was to develop cooperative actions to restore these rare habitats, including developing genetically appropriate seed sources for use in restoration work. Prior to this project, restoration had relied on propagation and transplanting of plugs from seeds collected by hand, which did not generate enough seed to meet the restoration needs. Under the project, the two agencies entered into a partnership to build the seed production capacity to allow for direct seeding in grassland and oak woodland restoration in western Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was the fiscal lead for the project.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $270,380.00 Applicant Match: $15,000.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Thurston Legislative District: 02, 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1535

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 two parking areas is on your right. 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.