Larch Corrections Center (LCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Highlights as of December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessPrimary instructors will be releasing soon. SCCC has identified two potential instructors who may be interested in transferring to LCC to teach there. This process stalled due to COVID-19 but will revisit when it is safe to do so. Prior to program suspension, 25 students graduated from the program.
Western pond turtles careWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Zoo19 turtles cared for in 2019-2020
BeekeepingClark County Beekeeping Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association5 hives, 6 beginner beekeeper certificates awarded; program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Plantain, food source for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfliesOregon ZooTechnicians maintain 11 garden beds and harvest leaves to feed butterfly larvae raised at the Oregon Zoo.
House plantsOnly prison where incarcerated individuals may have houseplants in their rooms: nearly 300 for 480 residents!
Bird feedersFeeders throughout the facility; re-homing baby birds that fall from nests
Wood craft donationsProgram created and donated 18 jewelry boxes
Larch Dog Adoption ProgramHumane Society for Southwest WA33 dogs were trained, and 30 dogs and 6 puppies were adopted by Humane Society for Southwest WA and rescue partners
Larch Cat Adoption ProgramWest Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Humane Society for Southwest WATemporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Waste reductionEducation posters throughout the facility, and recycle bins everywhere; limited the use of plastic trash can liners
Waste sorting & recyclingWaste Connections, Paper People, Calbag MetalsWaste sorted at every living unit; sent 7.5 tons of steel to Cal Bag Metals and 15 tons of cardboard to Paper People
Large-scale compostingFirst WA prison to have large-scale composting; diverted 19 tons of food waste yielding approximately 6 tons of compost.
Waste Water TreatmentDOEIncarcerated technicians can achieve Dept of Ecology certifications; portion of treated water reclaimed (non-potable), ~793,000 gal/month
ForestryDNR, USFS, Dept of EcologyCrews planted ~541,000 trees across 1,500 acres over the course of 241 crew days. Crews were also dispatched to 28 fires, preparing and serving 15,726 meals, for a total of 19,042 hours of work. 63 crew members have been certified as Firefighter 2. Other services include forest fuel reduction, litter clean-up, and trail and campground maintenance
Community workMultiple entitiesServices include farming, reforestation, wood-cutting, clearing brush and debris, general landscaping, processing vegetables at food pantry, noxious weed removal, salmon habitat restoration, watershed improvement, development of parks and recreational areas, and other work to conserve natural resources.

Articles about LCC


Turtle Season is Here!


New Turtles and New Technicians!


New Turtles Arrived!

The Honey Bees are a Buzzin’ at Larch Corrections Center

Larch Corrections Center – An Upcoming Beekeeper’s Paradise

Larch Corrections Center – Ricky Osborne Photo Gallery

Larch’s First Turtle Release: A Technician’s Response

Turtles and Plantain at Larch Corrections Center

Roots of Success Graduation Speech – Larch Corrections Center


House plants: A new way to bring nature inside at Larch Corrections Center