Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
Camas will use this grant to establish a conservation mitigation bank in the Lacamas watershed. Camas will buy 63 acres on Fifth Plain Creek, a tributary to Lacamas Creek. The property includes a 32-acre Riparian Protection zone, as well as connected wetlands and uplands. Historically, the site has been damaged by grazing and other farm practices. The City also will use this grant to restore 25.6 acres of Riparian Protection, wetland and oak woodland habitat. The land will help meet a need for conservation mitigation bank sites in the Lacamas watershed. Camas, located at the south end of the watershed, is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington. Initially, bank credits will be used primarily to mitigate for the city’s construction projects but also may be used to mitigate for private-sector projects. The property borders 40 acres owned by Clark County for wetlands mitigation, and lies south of a 240-acre park and conservation land.