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.

Jumping spider (Habronattus americanus) by Thomas Shahan. Fieldbook, Spring 2018
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Fieldbook Crawls Out for Spring

Our first edition of our 2018 Fieldbook magazine is now out!

Our newest edition of Fieldbook has all the wildlife and conservation stories you’re looking for this spring. In this issue, we break open some preconceived notions about unloved wildlife from moles to spiders, what it looks like to be an outdoors person, and how climate resilience informs our work. Learn how Jenny Bruso, self-identified fat,…

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Hear the Cranes Come
A farming experiment is benefiting endangered sandhill cranes and could establish new research for crane conservation in the Northwest.

It’s 7 a.m. and ecologist Rob Dillinger sits in his car alongside a cornfield near the Frenchman’s Bar Park in Vancouver, Washington. He’s waiting for something magical to occur. A rattling baritone call heralds the approach of sandhill cranes stretching above the lower Columbia River from Oregon’s Sauvie Island. They come here for the food,…

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Species Spotlight: Moles
Moles are the bane of tidy lawns owners and golf course keepers, but these unloved critters offer more than meets the eye.

Walk down the garden aisle of any hardware store and you’ll find a dozen products to destroy moles. Mole dirt hills pushed up onto lawns are often viewed as eyesores, plus moles aren’t exactly cute. Yet these unloved ground dwellers, often incorrectly labeled rodents, offer more than one might think. IDENTIFICATION Two common moles inhabit…

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Ahead of the Game
Lacamas Lake project in Camas, WA will protect 100 acres of land and brings a future of trails and recreational opportunities.

In the Northwest, it’s easy to take green spaces close to our metro regions for granted, assuming the fields, forests, rivers, and lakes we’ve come to know will always be there. But in Southwest Washington, a quickening rate of development poses immediate threats to cherished natural areas. Clark County clocked in as the fifth-most populous county…

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