County Public Works coordinator honored for conservation work

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Portland — The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership named Patrick Lee, coordinator with Clark County Public Works, as the organization’s Steward of the Year.

Lee has managed the Clark County Legacy Lands program for the last decade, during which the partnership and Clark County have worked on several habitat restoration projects, including Salmon Creek, La Center Bottoms and the East Fork of the Lewis River side channel.

Clark County has conserved more than 5,000 acres through the Legacy Lands program, which celebrated its 31st anniversary this year.

“Patrick has shown a sustained commitment to the care and protection of the Columbia River and its many watersheds,” Debrah Marriott, Estuary Partnership executive director, said in a press release from the organization. “He embodies the Estuary Partnership’s belief in partnerships and engaging people to take care of the lands around us.”

Lee received the award at the Estuary Partnership’s 18th Annual Dinner and Art Gala on Oct. 14 at the Columbia River Yacht Club.