Queets River Natural Resources Conservation Area

This 601-acre conservation area protects over 250 acres of riparian floodplain habitat in the lower reaches of the Queets River, a river that supports several species of wild Pacific salmon.  The site also includes numerous streams and riparian systems flowing into the river, freshwater wetlands, and upland forest on the slopes above the floodplain. Older remnants of the native North Pacific Hypermaritime Sitka Spruce forest system thrive in the riparian corridors, while the remaining forest is a mixture of conifers, including western red cedar and western hemlock. 
Features Protected: Coastal riparian Sitka spruce forest, spawning and rearing habitat for coho, fall Chinook, and winter steelhead.
Ecoregion: Northwest Coast (Jefferson County) 

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 Queets River NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at david.wilderman@dnr.wa.gov.  

Environmental Education and Public Access

Currently, no formal educational programs are available at Queets River NRCA. The site has no developed public access facilities. For more information, contact the DNR Olympic Region natural areas manager.