Clark County’s diverse natural landscape is made up of broad river valleys, narrow creek canyons, wetlands, lakes, riparian zones, forests, mountains, meadows, foothills and farms. The Legacy Lands program (Clark County’s Conservation Futures Program) protects these lands highly valued for habitat, scenic corridors, low-impact recreation and other qualities that enhance our local environment.
Public comment on alternatives for East Fork Lewis River property (Oct. 21 - Nov. 25)
The Board of County Councilors has requested staff to review 20 acres for potential to remove them from the county inventory and replace them with property of equal value to the public.
Click here for the .pdf of the maps and narrative descriptions of the properties. The analysis reviews potential replacement properties.
Click here for the staff report from the BOCC consent agenda.
Submit comments to Pat Lee, Legacy Lands Program Manager, at Patrick.Lee@clark.wa.gov or call at (360) 397-2121 x4070. A copy of the analysis is available for review at the Department of Environmental Services, 1300 Franklin St., Rm. 185, in downtown Vancouver. Call to request a time for review.
Natural Area Properties
The county has more than 5,000 acres of protected land. Concentrations of public conservation ownership occur from Vancouver Lake north to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge; Lower Salmon Creek from Lakeshore Drive to Washington State University Vancouver; the Lower East Fork of the Lewis River from its mouth to Lewisville Park; the Lucia Falls/Moulton Falls vicinity; along Lacamas Lake and Creek; Lower Washougal River Greenway; and the Cottonwood Beach - Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge vicinity.
The program’s primary county revenue source is the Conservation Futures levy. Conservation Futures funding has supported more than 45 distinct acquisition projects in Clark County. Almost all of these combined local revenues with grants and donations to accomplish the acquisitions.
Acquisitions also occurred through the State Department of Natural Resources Trust Land Transfer Program and privately owned land donations. The county also coordinates its acquisitions with other land conservation entities such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, State Department of Fish and Wildlife, cities and towns and private land trusts.
For more information
Contact the Legacy Lands program manager at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4070.