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 Natural Resources will use this grant to restore 75 acres of oak woodlands and mixed conifer-oak forests within the White Salmon Oak NRCA. Restoration work will include thinning, snag creation, prescribed burning, and invasive species control. This work will restore the critically imperiled east cascade oak-ponderosa pine forest and woodland and will benefit two priority spices: western grey squirrel and Surkdorfs desert-parsley. Along with the benefits to these species, this work will increase climate change resiliency and fire resiliency in this portion of the NRCA. The primary habitat types restored through this grant are oak woodlands and conifer-oak forests.