The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a federal law designed to protect and promote the recovery of plants and animals in danger of becoming extinct. It requires federal and state agencies to work in coordination with local jurisdictions and private landowners to recover listed species. In Clark County, several fish species are listed as threatened, including bull trout, chum, chinook, coho and steelhead.
Threatened or endangered species
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, several threatened or endangered species are believed to occur in Clark County. For fish protection information, click here.
The county has a variety of regulations and programs to protect species, including:
Development code – County code has several sections that require developers to protect critical areas that may include or affect protected species, such as the county’s shorelines and critical areas programs.
Habitat protection – Clark County has a Legacy Lands program to safeguard ecologically important area, along with programs to restore critical properties and issue habitat permits to minimize human disturbance to these to habitat areas.
Enhancement programs – Several county departments work to improve the quality of wildlife habitat. Many of these programs involve partnerships with state and local agencies to ensure efficient and effective use of resources. Efforts may include habitat restoration through plantings, fish barrier removal projects, stormwater improvement projects, sustainable forestry initiatives and integrated pest management practices to manage noxious weeds.
Outreach and education – These programs provide information to the public on what they can do to protect, enhance and restore valuable habitat.