Remedial Action Unit (RAU) status :
- (RAU) 1 Site wide Hazardous waste contamination: (100% complete).
- (RAU) 2A Lead contamination of small arms ranges: (100% complete).
- (RAU) 2B Demolition areas 2 and 3: (100% complete).
- (RAU) 2C Site wide Groundwater: (90% complete).
- (RAU) 3 Site wide munitions : (100% complete).
Staff are developing multiple controls including restricted zones, restrictions on activities, public advisories, pamphlets, kiosks and other tools to advise the public. A master plan for the future of the site as a regional park will provide for a robust public-involvement process. The master plan will help develop a vision for the long-term use of the site.
Clark County continues to implement its sustainable forest management plan at Camp Bonneville and to date has thinned 950 acres targeting forest health. Clark County plans to continue these forest health thinning efforts in the coming years.
Clark County has completed unexploded ordnance clean-up at the camp, recently completing the west slopes. This area happens to be one of the more heavily developed borders of the park. Unexploded ordnance clean-up requires the removal of understory vegetation and small trees so that crews can effectively search for ordinance. These practices also reduce high levels of ladder fuels.
Clark County’s Forester began the formation of a team that will develop the value loss prevention plan for Camp Bonneville. This team consists of the County Forester, representatives from the local community, and the Clark County Assistant Fire Marshall.
Clark County pays the fire protection assessment on many different properties including larger, undeveloped or forested parks, conservation lands, and Camp Bonneville.
- In the case of a wildfire at Camp Bonneville, all non-essential personal would be asked to leave the camp immediately. Clark County Public Works would then work with local firefighting officials, including Clark County Fire District 3, East County Fire District, and the Department of Natural Resources.
- Clark County Public Works relies on the expertise of Clark County Fire District 3, East County Fire District, and the Department of Natural Resources in the case of a wildfire event at Camp Bonneville.
- Clark County has also entered into an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources for Helitak resources to be on site five months out of the year.
Clark County is the authorized LRA for the Property and in September 1998 (updated in February 2003 and finalized in November 2008) published the Camp Bonneville Draft Reuse Plan (Reuse Plan). The Army is transferring the Property to Clark County under a conservation conveyance. The Reuse Plan identifies the Property reuse as recreational, with nine specific components: regional park, law enforcement training center, rustic retreat center/outdoor school, Native American culture center, Clark College environmental education, trails and nature area, FBI firing range, timber resource management area, and habitat restoration. Approximately 800 acre of the 3,020 acres at Camp Bonneville will be dedicated as a regional park area. The Reuse Plan is considered by the Army as the primary document that describes the intended reuse of the Property.
- Before any park development can occur, the county will engage in a master planning process. This is consistent with other parks development efforts and can include multiple phases. Master-planning efforts can take one to two years to complete.
As the legislative and property management authority for Clark County, the Clark County Council is the decisive body for Camp Bonneville for the county. Staff have brought Camp Bonneville before the Clark County Council 20 times between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2019, to address policy and operational issues. As the master planning process proceeds, the Clark County Council will be apprised and ultimately will be the adopting authority of any plan.
As with all county operations and activities, Camp Bonneville updates have been impacted by COVID-19 and the requirements of the Governor’s orders. To that end, updates will follow the requirements of the Governor’s orders and all pertinent local polices and state statutes.