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 25 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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2016 in Review

Ten ways you made a difference for the nature of the northwest in 2016.

It wasn’t always easy (meaningful conservation rarely is), but with your support, we were able to protect and restore important places throughout the Columbia River region while building strong relationships along the way. From the remote forests of Klickitat Canyon to backyard habitats in urban neighborhoods, take a look back at some of our greatest accomplishments…

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A Very Merry Fieldbook
Deck the halls with our winter edition of Fieldbook.

Why not take a break this holiday season and catch up on Columbia Land Trust’s conservation projects and the people restoring the landscape here in the Northwest. Learn how we’re reviving a world-class ecosystem in the lower Columbia River Estuary. Explore how hunters and conservation leaders work together to protect nature and preserve tradition. Find out…

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Rock Creek Rising
Stewardship efforts along a Clark County stream benefit steelhead and return a tamed landscape to the wild

  “Liberation” was the subject line of the e-mail Paula Larwick sent us this year on her observations of the changing landscape at Rock Creek, a major tributary of the East Fork Lewis River in Clark County, Washington. In 2015, Larwick sold Columbia Land Trust 51 acres of forest along a 4,500-foot section of Rock…

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[In the Media] Sandhill crane project graces cover of The Columbian
The June 9th issue of The Columbian detailed Columbia Land Trust's plans to farm 541 acres west of Vancouver Lake for the benefit of migrating sandhill cranes.

Since Columbia Land Trust acquired 541 acres of farmland from the Port of Vancouver this past winter, we’ve turned our efforts toward restoring and stewarding the land in ways that encourage state-listed sandhill cranes to stop over on their migrations between California’s Central Valley and southeastern Alaska. Dameon Pesanti’s article, Columbia Land Trust project benefits…

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