Legacy Lands Program
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.
In 2015, the Clark County Conservation Futures program, Legacy Lands, celebrated its 30th anniversary.
In November 2017, the Board of County Councilors authorized issuing $7 million in bonds to purchase 10 properties spread across the county.
Principal and interest on the bonds will be repaid over a 20-year period using revenue from the Conservation Futures levy.
The Clark County Treasurer's Office will be responsible for bond issuance and administration.
For more information on these planned purchases, read the Board of County Councilors staff report or watch this December 2017 CVTV video.
Legacy Lands manager named 'Steward of the Year'
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership has honored Pat Lee, Clark County's Legacy Lands program manager, as its "Steward of the Year" for 2017. The award was presented at the group's Annual Dinner and Art Gala on Oct. 14, 2017.
The group honored Lee for his work to improve the health of the lower Columbia River, including successful habitat restoration projects in Salmon Creek, La Center Bottoms and the East Fork Lewis River Side Channel.
"The great river of the West defines this region," Lee said. "It is the artery that nurtures the economy, the people, the fish and wildlife that all combine to make this such a wonderful place to live."
The county has more than 5,000 acres of protected land. Concentrations of public conservation ownership occur along some of most scenic rivers, streams and lakes. Many of these areas are open for public use while others provide critical habitat for protected species. Open the Legacy Lands brochure to find a natural area near you.
Visit your local conservation properties for adventures close to home including hikes, horseback rides or picnics. We provide you a listing of properties, facilities and features to help plan for a one hour trek or an all day adventure. View property list here.
The Legacy Lands program is guided by several key documents that were developed with local partners and stakeholders. The program targets key conservation properties and areas for conservation and protection.
- Conservation Areas Acquisition Plan update 2014 with appendices (Full report PDF 31.3MB)
- Conservation Areas Acquisition Plan 2014 (PDF report)
- Appendix A - County Subarea Summaries and Maps (PDF 12.6MB)
- Appendices B - F - Projects list, GIS, Funding Sources, Program History, Adopting Resolution (PDF 3MB)
- Conservation Futures Program Guidance Manual (PDF 1MB)
- Agricultural Preservation Strategies Report (link to PDFs)
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 Pat Lee, Legacy Lands program manager, at 360.397.6118 ext. 4070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.