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.
This project was part of a phased comprehensive effort to restore 500 acres of nearshore habitat to Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, located in Henderson Inlet in southern Puget Sound. This phase of the project expanded upon previous efforts to restore nearshore and freshwater riparian ecosystem habitats by removing invasive species and replanting with native riparian vegetation. Weed control was conducted on 85 acres; and of those, 23 acres were planted using approximately 22,300 native trees and shrubs to restore native forest and Riparian Protection. The overall project also included enhancement of environmental education and recreational opportunities at Woodard Bay.