Shrub-Steppe Restoration and Monitoring on Hanford Reach National Monument 

Funding Year




$ 185,000

Grant County, Washington

Project Description

USFWS aims to rehabilitate shrub-steppe habitat on the Hanford Reach National Monument, one of the last remaining large blocks of shrub-steppe ecosystem in Columbia River Basin. It is timely and vitally important to improve degraded areas by planting sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.

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seedlings, native grasses and forbs and treat invasive annual grasses to reduce the impacts of invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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, habitat fragmentation, wildfire, and climate change climate change
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Department of Energy, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Shrub Steppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative, Washington Natural Heritage Program, and Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation 

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The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. Sagebrush country contains biological, cultural and economic resources of national significance. America’s sagebrush ecosystem is the largest contiguous ecotype in the continental...