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Program Information

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.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Legacy Lands program by visiting the properties and participating activities during our 2015 tour! More>>

Natural Area Properties


Protected landsDiscover wildlife in your natural areas - sandhill cranes (Photo by: Gary Davenport)

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.

Conservation Futures ProgramDiscover hiking with family and friends - Whipple Creek Hollow Natural Area (Photo by: Gary Piazza)

Program guidance documents

Project 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.

For more information
Contact the Legacy Lands program manager at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4070.

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