Lacamas Prairie Natural Area 2016

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 Department of Natural Resources used this grant to purchase approximately 10 acres within the Lacamas Prairie Natural Area Preserve, which consists of approximately 4.4 acres of wetlands and 5.6 acres of uplands. This Willamette Valley wet prairie represents the only example of its size and quality in Washington. These priority parcels support the second largest of 20 known populations of Bradshaw’s Lomatium, a globally critically imperiled, federally-listed endangered plant species. They also contains habitat for five state sensitive plant species and one rare animal species, the Slender-billed White Breasted Nuthatch. This site is located northeast of Vancouver Washington. Due to numerous conversations with the landowner over the years, the original acquisition footprint has grown exponentially. In order to accommodate the purchase of the landowner’s ownership within the NA boundary, DNR is working with RCO to move the remaining funds from both this grant and 18-1520 grants into the 20-1334 grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $221,684.66 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clark Legislative District: 17 Status: Active Completed RCO Project # 16-1419

Location Details

This site is located northeast of Vancouver Washington. Take Highway 205, exit NE 18th street and head east. The site is near the Camas Meadows Golf Club.

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.