Lacamas Watershed Mitigation Bank

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Camas City of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 5914.82 Applicant Match: 6222.38 Project Type: Acquisition & Restoration County: Clark Legislative District: 18 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # Jun-22

Location Details

From the I-205/SR-500 Interchange in Orchards, drive 2.5 miles east to Ward Road. Turn left on Ward Road and drive about two miles to the intersection of Ward Road and NE 172nd Ave. This intersection is at the northwest corner of the project site. The south boundary is NE 88th Street.

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.