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NameCountyDescription
collapse Clallam
Shipwreck Point NRCAClallamThis site includes one of the last, easily accessible, open stretches of beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Lacamas Prairie Natural AreaClarkThis combined natural area preserve (NAP) and natural resources conservation area (NRCA) protects the best known remnant of the Willamette Valley wet prairie ecosystem in Washington.
Washougal Oaks Natural AreaClarkThis combined NAP/ NRCA protects the largest high-quality Oregon white oak woodland in western WA.
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Merrill Lake NRCACowlitzThis site contains a mixed conifer/hardwood forest along a shoreline, providing habitat for birds of prey.
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Elk River NRCAGrays HarborThis area is the largest, highest quality estuarine system remaining in Washington or Oregon.
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Clearwater Corridor NRCAJeffersonThis site represents a mature coastal forest, protects aquatic-riparian habitat, and provides elk habitat.
Devils Lake NRCAJeffersonThis NRCA contains two freshwater wetlands and two sphagnum bog communities.
South Nolan NRCAJeffersonThis area is an old-growth temperate forest with scattered wetlands. Some trees are >500 yrs. old.
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Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCAKingThis area protects old growth Douglas-fir forest, subalpine lands, mid-elevation lakes, and habitat for marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl and native mountain goat.
Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic AreaKingThis area protects cliff terrain, wildlife habitat, numerous riparian systems, and old growth forest.
Mount Si NRCAKingThis NRCA supports a variety of wildlife including native mountain goats, cougar, and black bear.
West Tiger Mountain NRCAKingThis NRCA provides important habitat for large and small wildlife including reptiles and amphibians.
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Stavis NRCAKitsapThis natural area includes the best known quality example of the Douglas-fir–western hemlock/evergreen huckleberry forest community, and one of the only extensive mature and old growth forests in the Puget Sound lowlands.
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White Salmon Oak NRCAKlickitatThis site represents of all of the OR white oak communities found in the White Salmon River drainage.
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Tahoma Forest NRCALewisThis site protects the ecological value of a structurally complex old growth forest.
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Loomis NRCAOkanoganThis NRCA protects twelve plant species of concern, as well as important habitat for nine wildlife species.
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Ellsworth Creek NRCAPacificThis preserve provides important breeding habitat for the federally threatened marbled murrelet.
South Nemah NRCAPacificThis site contains western red cedar and Sitka spruce and habitat for marbled murrelets and spotted owls.
Teal Slough NRCAPacificThis site supports a remnant coastal old growth forest and is home to marbled murrelets and spotted owls.
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Cattle Point NRCASan JuanThis NRCA is an important research site with a day use recreation and interpretive area.
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Cypress Island NRCASkagitThis is the last largely undeveloped island in the San Juans, providing a reminder of presettlement WA.
Granite Lakes NRCASkagitThis area contains 160-year old stands of silver fir, mountain hemlock and associated plant communities.
Hat Island NRCASkagitThis conservation area provides habitat for bald eagles, sea and shore birds.
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Table Mountain NRCASkamaniaThis area contains relatively undisturbed upland and wetland forests, mountain meadows, and rare plants.
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Morning Star NRCASnohomishThis NRCA features low to high elevation terrain; meadows, forests, and exposed rocks and cliffs.
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Dishman Hills NRCASpokaneThis site is notable for dramatically sculpted terrain left by the floods which issued from Glacial Lake Missoula.
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Woodard Bay NRCAThurstonThis site protects habitat ranging from shoreline to wetlands to mature second growth forest.
collapse Wahkiakum
Hendrickson Canyon NRCAWahkiakumThis site contains the county's last high quality, mature and old growth western hemlock forest.
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Lake Louise NRCAWhatcomThis site includes a very large, active beaver pond and various forest communities.
Lummi Island NRCAWhatcomThis site provides an uneven-aged mixed forest, making it very appealing to birds of prey.
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Klickitat Canyon NRCAYakimaThis NRCA boasts spectacular views of the Klickitat River, and is home to a variety of wildlife species.

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