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.
Program update for 2014
The Legacy Lands team recently presented an update to the Board of County Commissioners regarding a Draft Conservation Futures Areas Acquisition Plan for 2014.
The county has more than 4,900 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, the Lower Washougal River Greenway and the Cottonwood Beach - Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge vicinity.
Projects and application
The Legacy Lands Program works to conserve open space, farm land, and timber land. The following documents will help guide residents interested in participating in this program:
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.