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National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Feb. 27-March 3, 2017
Clark County and the Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board are teaming up with the Washington Invasive Species Council to support National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
On each day, Clark County Vegetation Management will highlight a "Weed of the Day" with a photo, description and an integrated weed management approach to controlling weeds present at this time of year.
In addition to learning more about local invasive weeds, you can take simple actions to help:
- Clean your hiking boots, bicycles, waders, boats, trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location.
- Going camping? Buy firewood where you'll burn it or gather it on site when permitted.
- Use forage, hay, or mulch that is certified as weed free. For more information, contact Casey Gozart, Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board.
- Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden.
- Volunteer as a citizen scientist.
- Become a Master Gardener through Washington State University Extension.
- Volunteer to remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas. To participate, contact Karen Llewellyn, Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Go to www.nisaw.org for more information on National Invasive Species Awareness Week and to learn about free webinars on invasive species.
Higher reservation fees for picnic shelters begin March 1
Residents have a little more than two weeks to reserve picnic shelters in Clark County parks before higher fees kick in at the beginning of March.
Reservation fees will increase by $25 for most picnic shelters at five regional parks: Capt. William Clark, Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville, Salmon Creek/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake.
Fees will increase by $50 for shelters seating more than 100 people at Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville and Vancouver Lake regional parks.
Also starting March 1, Clark County will accept reservations for eight picnic shelters at six community parks: Fairgrounds, Felida, Hazel Dell, Hockinson Meadows, Orchards and Pacific.
For more information, go to the picnic shelters page.
New tree planting program needs volunteers
Clark County is partnering with Friends of Trees to plant 500 street trees during the next three years in the North Salmon Creek, Felida and West Hazel Dell neighborhoods.
A grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board will allow neighbors to purchase low-cost trees and receive help planting them at neighborhood planting events. Volunteers are needed for this fun and important project, with the first planting set for early April 2017.
More information is available on the Urban Tree Canopy Restoration Project page.
County building parks in Felida, East Minnehaha
Two more neighborhood parks are either finished or nearing completion as Clark County Public Works provides additional recreation within easy walking distance of nearby residents.
In June 2016, County Manager Mark McCauley awarded a $934,700 contract to Robertson & Olson Construction Inc. of Camas to build Sorenson Neighborhood Park in the Felida area and Tower Crest Neighborhood Park in the East Minnehaha area.
The Felida Neighborhood Association cut a ceremonial ribbon at Sorenson Neighborhood Park on Dec. 3, 2016. Construction at Tower Crest Neighborhood Park is expected to wrap up in early 2017.
Once construction is complete, Clark County will have built 30 parks since voters created the Greater Clark Parks District in 2005.
Short section of Etna Road closes for bridge replacement
A short stretch of Northeast Etna Road was closed in June so a contactor can replace Cedar Creek Bridge. The bridge is about 125 feet upstream from Cedar Creek's confluence with the East Fork of the Lewis River in north Clark County.
Signs will guide drivers around the detour. A detour map and other information can be found on the Cedar Creek Bridge replacement project page.
Preliminary flood maps available for Washougal area
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year.
The preliminary flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Washougal River, along the Little Washougal River and behind the Port of Camas-Washougal’s levee on the Columbia River.
A 90-day appeal period ended on Dec. 6, 2016. FEMA will work to resolve any appeals and plans to issue a "Letter of Final Determination" in April 2017. If FEMA remains on schedule, the maps will become effective in October 2017.
Please remember that these are preliminary maps for only a fraction of Clark County. Revised flood insurance rate maps for the rest of the county took effect on September 5, 2012, and are available by clicking on Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
New dog park coming to property off NE 192nd Avenue
Dog lovers have an opportunity to help create a new off-leash area where their four-legged friends can run and play in east Vancouver.
On March 29, 2016, the Board of County Councilors unanimously approved an agreement with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington (DOGPAW) to develop a dog park on a county-owned parcel at Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street. The 10.8-acre property is west of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and south of the Harmony Sports Complex.
DOGPAW will be responsible for developing the site with fencing, a double-gated entry and other amenities, as well as providing ongoing maintenance of the site.
DOGPAW does not have a firm timeline for making the necessary improvements and opening the area for public use. The group is accepting contributions to defray costs. Donations can be made by contacting Mark Watson at (360) 896-4341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 29, 2016, news release
- Board of County Councilors staff report (PDF)
- Off-leash areas in Clark County
For more information on plans for the new dog park, watch this May 2016 CVTV video:
Dogs and Clean Water
Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs. Read about Canines for Clean Water and how you can help keep dog waste out of creeks, rivers and groundwater.
Park Impact Fees
Track fund balances (PDF) for park impact fees, the county's primary revenue source for building parks, and review a map showing park impact fee districts (PDF).
Updated Stormwater Rules
Revisions to Clark County's Stormwater Manual and county code took effect on January 8, 2016. Errata changes take effect December 2, 2016.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.