Stewardship plan aims to improve health of Camp Bonneville’s forests
Vancouver, WA – Two organizations have certified Clark County’s forest stewardship plan for Camp Bonneville, a recognition of the county’s commitment to sound land management.
The county received dual certification from the Forest Stewardship Council and American Tree Farm System’s Sustainable Forest Initiative.
“Certification sets an example of stewardship at its very best when it comes to forest management,” said Jim Vandling, county forester.
The Camp Bonneville plan envisions using selective thinning and other techniques to create a healthy forest ecosystem that supports a diversity of plants and animals while generating a modest income from wood products. Proceeds will be used for forest management at Camp Bonneville and other land activities, such as road maintenance.
“The goal is to demonstrate that environmental stewardship and economic viability can coexist in our region,” said Kevin Gray, Environmental Services director. “As the word spreads and more and more forests are operated sustainably, it will be a win-win-win for landowners, for citizens and for the fish and wildlife.”
The Camp Bonneville forest plan also will reduce fire danger, not only on the 3,480-acre property but for nearby homes as well. Homeowners have voiced concerns about the threat of fire because of lack of active forest stewardship at Camp Bonneville.
In 2011, Clark County assumed full ownership of Camp Bonneville, a former military post the U.S. Army used for training from 1909 to 1995. The county took title to the property after reaching new agreements for the U.S. Army to continue to pay for locating and removing munitions of explosive concern and cleaning up other hazardous materials, primarily lead-contaminated soil.
The Camp Bonneville Forest Stewardship Plan is available on Clark County Environmental Services’ home page at www.clark.wa.gov/environment.
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