Lacamas Prairie Natural Area 2008

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to purchase 201.12 acres of Willamette Valley wet prairie northeast of Vancouver, the only wet prairie of that size and quality in Washington. The land supports the second largest of 20 known populations of Bradshaw’s Lomatium, a globally critically imperiled, federally-listed endangered plant species. It also contains habitat for five state sensitive plant species and the rare slender-billed white breasted nuthatch. This purchase was the second of a multi-phased and multi-agency effort to protect a larger area of wet prairie and oak woodland. Other partners in the effort included the Columbia Land Trust, Washington Nature Conservancy, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Clark County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,779,114.30 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clark Legislative District: 17 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1180

Location Details

From I-205 exit at SR 500 East to Orchards. Turn right onto 4th Plain Blvd. Continue east on SR 500-4th Plain Blvd. Follow for about 5 miles, past store in Proebstel approx 3/4 mile and turn right onto 199th Ave. Follow this road (it becomes Ingle Road) south for 1.9 mile and park on the right on the grassy road shoulder near the oak grove at the cable gate.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.