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 and the Yakama Nation will use this grant to implement a floodplain restoration project at Taneum Creek RM 5 project site. The project objectives are to re-aggrade channel bed, reconnect floodplain surfaces more frequently and restore former wet meadow habitat without elevating flood risk to adjacent parcels. Restoration will include engineered log structures, unanchored wood installation, change in the access point to reduce the amount of road fill in the historic floodplain, and removal of old road materials from floodplain surfaces. Additionally, grant funding will complete an extensive floodplain planting, in which 3,000- 5,000 plants are planted to water table depth to increase survival.