Sustainable Forestry Program
Clark County’s Sustainable Forestry Program started in 2011 with the development of forest stewardship plans for recently acquired properties. These plans exemplify how to transition forest land from passive management to active management.
Today, Clark County uses selective thinning and other techniques to improve the overall health of these forest ecosystems, which support a diversity of plants and animals, and to generate a small amount of revenue from wood products.
Clark County developed forest stewardship plans for three county-owned properties – Camp Bonneville, Camp Hope and Green Mountain.
In 2017, the county incorporated these three plans into a single document that also covers other county-owned forest lands: Bratton Canyon, Lake Rosannah and Spud Mountain.
Staff conducted a work session with the Board of County Councilors on April 12, 2017 to provide an update on the program. Review the program update here.
A June 2015 audit by Northwest Certified Forestry reviewed Clark County's 2014-2015 timber harvest activities. The auditor observed "exemplary timber harvest practices that minimized both soil disturbance and impacts to residual timber." The report further praises the county's program as an example of long-term economically viable and environmentally sustainable forest management practices.
Watch this CVTV video to learn more about Clark County's Sustainable Forestry Program.