Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Clear Creek target area. View maps illustrating the Metro Council's priorities in this area and learn more about the importance of the area to our region.
Tier I Objective
Tier II Objectives
Clear Creek Canyon begins south of Carver on Clear Creek, a free-flowing tributary to the Clackamas River. Clear Creek is a premier large creek supporting the most abundant salmon populations in the lower Clackamas River and is home to the last significant run of late-run coho in the lower Columbia River Basin. The stream supports 11 different varieties of fish, including rainbow trout and endangered fall Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and threatened coastal cutthroat trout. Clear Creek Canyon's mature riparian forests, wooded canyon walls, ravines, terraced uplands, open meadows, ponds, springs and wetlands provide diverse wildlife habitat. More than 100 species of wildlife are found at Clear Creek, including coyotes, cougar, blacktail deer, elk, and 76 species of birds. Clear Creek also contributes to water quality for municipal drinking water intakes that serve approximately 200,000 people.
Supporting the most abundant salmon populations in the lower Clackamas River, Clear Creek remains a premier large creek in the metropolitan region. Completing key acquisitions in and surrounding Clear Creek public lands will protect the public investment made to date in establishing a significant regional natural area.
To date 519.8 acres of the creekside corridor and upland habitat have been protected.
Protect high value wet prairies, including the rare plant species associated with them.
In September 2007 the Metro Council approved acquisition plans for each of the 27 regional target areas. The Metro Council established these priorities with the input of natural resource and land use experts, scientists, citizens and local land managers. More than 500 people attended eight community open houses to share their ideas with Metro Councilors. Nearly 1,000 people filled out questionnaires ranking their priorities and offering ideas for partnerships and other ways to stretch the public's investment. The acquisition plans include a map, goals and objectives for each target area.
Natural Areas Program