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 restore saltwater shoreline habitat, enhance degraded and poorly buffered wetlands and Riparian Protection shorelines at Woodard Bay NRCA. This project will restore approximately 100 acres of habitat by planting with native species and controlling invasives. Species that will benefit from the project include bats, migratory waterfowl, and neotropical migratory birds. The primary habitats to be restored are wetlands, salt and freshwater shorelines.