Badger Gulch Natural Area Preserve

native grasslands and oak - pine savannas found in south-central Washington
Located in a steep, narrow canyon, this 180 acre preserve protects excellent examples of the native grasslands and oak - pine savannas found in south-central Washington, as well as intact riparian vegetation along a seasonal creek. The site is rich in bird fauna, supporting a number of declining species such as the ash-throated flycatcher, Lewis’ woodpecker, and Vaux’s swift.  The rocky slopes above the creek also contain populations of beaked cryptantha, a state-listed sensitive plant species.
Features Protected: Idaho fescue-houndstongue hawkweed plant community, Oregon white oak – ponderosa pine woodland, white alder riparian woodland, and beaked cryptantha.
Ecoregion: Columbia Plateau   (Klickitat 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 Badger Gulch NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at

Environmental Education and Public Access

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Badger Gulch NAP. The site is not ADA accessible and facilities are not available. For more information, contact the DNR Southeast Region natural areas manager.