TABLE MOUNTAIN NRCA
Features Protected: Red fescue montane grassland community; Douglas-fir/ oceanspray forest community; western red cedar-western hemlock/ skunk cabbage forest community; Howell’s daisy; Douglas’ silene; Larch Mountain salamander, Cascade torrent salamander; Cope’s giant salamander; tailed frog; northern spotted owl; peregrine falcon; and bald eagle.
Ecoregion: West Cascades (Skamania County)
Located within the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, this 2,837 acre conservation area contains relatively undisturbed examples of upland and wetland forests, mountain meadows, and rare plant populations. Old growth forests appear in two forms: noble fir on the slopes of Table Mountain and old growth cedar in a wetland mosaic in Greenleaf Basin. The largest known population of Howell's daisy, a state-threatened plant endemic to the Columbia Gorge, is found on Table Mountain. Habitat for wildlife abounds, from mountain lion, bear and deer, to osprey and bald eagles. The NRCA's two peaks provide spectacular views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the western portion of the site.
Science, Research and Monitoring
Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Table Mountain NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of research and monitoring projects that have been carried out at Table Mountain NRCA:
Environmental Education and Public Access
Table Mountain NRCA provides excellent opportunities for seasoned hikers. It is accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail that crosses through nearly 2 miles of the southwest portion of the NRCA. Watch for signs indicating access to Table Mountain. Due to the steep topography and geology of Table Mountain, trails on the NRCA are rugged and challenging. Currently, no formal educational programs are available at Table Mountain NRCA. For more information, contact the DNR Pacific Cascade Region natural areas manager.