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Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a federal law designed to protect and promote the recovery of plants and animals in danger of becoming extinct. It requires federal and state agencies to work in coordination with local jurisdictions and private landowners to recover listed species. In Clark County, several fish species are listed as threatened, including bull trout, chum, chinook, coho and steelhead.

Threatened or endangered species

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, several threatened or endangered species are believed to occur in Clark County. For fish protection information, click here.

Group Name Status Recovery plan(s)

Northern spotted owl Threatened

Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (PDF)

Bull trout

Steelhead trout

Coho salmon

Chinook salmon

Chum salmon


Draft Recovery Plan for the Jarbidge River Distinct Population Segment of Bull Trout (PDF)

Draft Recovery Plan for the Coastal-Puget Sound Distinct Population Segment of Bull Trout (PDF)

Draft Recovery Plan for Three of the Five Distint Population Segments of Bull Trout (PDF)

Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board. Lower Columbia Salmon Recovery and Fish & Wildlife Subbasin Plan, May 2010, Vol I.-Ch.6 Recovery Strategies & Benchmarks (PDF)

Flowering plants

Bradshaw's desert-parsley

Water howellia


(Updated list from WA DNR)



Final Recovery Plan for the Prairie Species of Western Oregon and Southwest Washington (PDF)

Water Howellia Recovery Plan, Public and Agency Review Draft (PDF)

Varies per species

Mammals North American wolverine

Brush Prairie pocket gopher
Proposed threatened




The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife maintains “species of concern” lists for the state.

County protection efforts

The county has a variety of regulations and programs to protect species, including:

  • Development code – County code has several sections that require developers to protect critical areas that may include or affect protected species, such as the county’s shorelines and critical areas programs.
  • Habitat protection – Clark County has a Legacy Lands program to safeguard ecologically important area, along with programs to restore critical properties and issue habitat permits to minimize human disturbance to these to habitat areas.
  • Enhancement programs – Several county departments work to improve the quality of wildlife habitat. Many of these programs involve partnerships with state and local agencies to ensure efficient and effective use of resources. Efforts may include habitat restoration through plantings, fish barrier removal projects, stormwater improvement projects, sustainable forestry initiatives and integrated pest management practices to manage noxious weeds.
  • Outreach and education – These programs provide information to the public on what they can do to protect, enhance and restore valuable habitat.
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