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 (DNR) will conduct a restoration project within Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP), located in the northwest corner of Klickitat County, 24 miles north of the town of White Salmon. Ten acres of wetland habitat will be restored through weed control and native plant establishment. Nonnative pasture grasses will be removed to allow for a diversity of native wet meadow species to dominate the meadow. This will improve breeding and foraging habitat for Oregon spotted frog and Sandhill cranes. Additionally 50 acres of forest habitat will be treated to enhance habitat for Northern Spotted Owl, western gray squirrel, and Pulsifer’s monkeyflower. Forest treatments include thinning out small diameter dense even age stands of conifers, thinning around large individual trees, and removing conifers encroaching into the oak bald. The primary habitat restored through this project is forest and meadows.