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West Linn is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Now a southern suburb within the Portland metropolitan area, West Linn has a history of early development, prompted by the opportunity to harvest energy from nearby Willamette Falls. It was named after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, who had advocated the American occupation of Oregon as a counterclaim to the British. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 22,261. The 2006 estimate[dated info] is 24,180 residents.
A number of embezzlement cases were discovered by the new administration and council in 2006, with the largest involving the embezzlement of $1.4 million by the finance manager, who was on a first-name basis with the staff of the Spirit Mountain Casino, about 50 miles (80 km) away. Although Oregon law requires that municipal accounts be audited yearly, the City of West Linn had discontinued these audits in 2002. Regular audits were reinstated in 2006, after the completion of a forensic auditor’s investigation into the missing funds.
The Nature Conservancy maintains the Camassia Natural Area in central West Linn as one of its conservancy preserves. The 26-acre (11 ha)-area is located on a rocky plateau exposed by the Bretz Floods and now named after the camas which bloom there in spring; it hosts about 300 other species, including the white rock larkspur, a species located in only a half dozen other places in the world. It supports Oregon white oak-madrone woodlands, a stand of quaking aspen, wet meadows, ponds, and vernal pools.