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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to improve fish and wildlife habitat by restoring floodplain function along North Wenas Creek in the vicinity of the Mellotte bridge, and by thinning 200 acres of overstocked timber stands on the adjacent slopes of Cleman Mountain. Up to 50 wood structures will be placed in North Wenas Creek to provide habitat and structure for fish, including juvenile threatened steelhead. Floodplain function will be restored by removing the current undersized bridge and abandoning the floodplain road and placing a new bridge a half mile downstream where the channel is confined and the crossing structure is more-efficiently sited. The primary habitat types to be restored is riparian and upland forest.