St. Edward State Park 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

State Parks will use this grant to control invasive plants, block unofficial trails, and restore damaged areas in the 326-acre Saint Edward State Park, on the northeastern shore of Lake Washington in King County. The park includes 306 acres of mature second-growth forest, streams, and undeveloped lake shoreline. Once common, these park features are increasingly rare in the surrounding big cities of Bellevue and Seattle. The park’s location makes it highly valuable for its habitat, recreational, and educational uses, with more than a half million visitors annually. However, the spread of non-native invasive plants and the development of unofficial trails have degraded the plant and animal communities in the park. The restoration work will control invading plants that are degrading the native habitats and threatening sustainability, process, and function of the forest, lake shore, and streams. The work also will restore damaged areas to reduce habitat fragmentation and degradation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 294,300.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: King Legislative District: 46 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1999

Location Details

From highway 405 take exit 20A. Travel west on NE 116th St., then north on NE Juanita Drive to 145th Street and the entrance to the park. Turn west into the park and follow the signs to the parking 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.