Clark County

Clark County

East Fork Lewis River. Photo by Rollin Bannow.
  • Number of Projects:10
  • Acreage: 972
  • Fact: In the 1920s, Clark County was considered the prune capital of the world, which was then the nation’s most popular breakfast fruit. Today Sutter County, California claims the title.
  • Experience: Southwest Washington's population center, Clark County is nonetheless rich in wild splendor. The county includes two wildlife refuges, as well as great Columbia River tributaries such as the East Fork Lewis and Salmon Rivers.
  • What We’re Doing: Columbia Land Trust got its start in Clark County; today we're focusing our conservation work along the East Fork Lewis and Washougal Rivers—some of the best remaining habitat in the area.
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The Big Picture

Columbia Land Trust got its start in Vancouver, and almost 30 years later we’re still working to conserve the natural places here. Over the years, we’ve developed deep and lasting partnerships with people, communities, and elected leaders. Those relationships helped us play a leading role in conserving places like Camp Curry—a 100-year-old children’s camp on Lacamas Lake that was going to be sold for development. Clark County also boasts places where you can get your toes into the Columbia River: The wide sand beaches of Vancouver’s Frenchman’s Bar Park as well as Washougal’s William Clark Park are two waterfront parks where you can get to the water’s edge.

Why It Matters

For 20-plus years, Clark County was the fastest-growing county in Washington, but natural wonder remains abundant. Places such as Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Lacamas Lake north of Camas are strongholds for wildlife and natural beauty. Salmon Creek, which flows west through Vancouver; and East Fork Lewis River, which flows through Clark County, are two of the most important waterways for Columbia River salmon. With the population slated for continued growth, our challenge is providing for more people while also addressing the needs of native fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Give More (24!) on 9/19

Join us Thursday, September 19th, as we kick off fall with a day of giving benefiting the communities of Southwest Washington

This fall we’re taking a look at what it means to have a sense of place in a rapidly changing world. More than ever, we look to nature for our health, happiness, and well-being.  That’s why through our bold Conservation Agenda, we’re collaborating with local counties and cities to make sure the future of Southwest…

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Hot Chocolate with the Chum
This winter, you can witness the chum salmon return to the shores of the Columbia River to spawn.

Registration for this event is full.  Join Columbia Land Trust staff as we gather along the shores of the Columbia River just east of the I-205 bridge in Vancouver, Washington to witness the fearless return of dozens of chum salmon, spawning right in the Columbia River before your very eyes. We’ll sip hot chocolate and…

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The Backyard Program Continues to Grow
BHCP officially expands into Clark county.

After months of anticipation, The Backyard Habitat Certification Program officially broke ground in Clark County last month, and made front page news of The Columbian! BHCP was featured in all of its glory, as The Columbian took a photo tour of SW Washington resident Toree Hiebert’s Vancouver home. Her yard became certified on May 4th,…

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Traveling Upstream
Executive Director Glenn Lamb checks in on the efforts of the Land Trust's Conservation Agenda, and shares major priorities that lie ahead.

  In 2017 Columbia Land Trust staff prepared a Conservation Agenda for the next 25 years of our work. The two major goals that we zeroed in on: Conserve more land and engage more people. In this effort, we want to ensure nature in the Northwest thrives even as our population grows, and that underrepresented…

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