Columbia Falls Natural Area Preserve

This area protects two state-threatened, four sensitive plant species, and the Larch Mountain salamander (a state-threatened species). Basalt cliffs and steep talus slopes make this site nearly inaccessible. The habitat for many of the rare species is very sensitive to disturbance. The 1,234-acre site contains undisturbed natural forest communities and nine plant species which occur only in the Columbia River Gorge.
Please Note: Due to sensitive features at this site, access is limited to guided tours and research.
Features Protected: Columbia Falls Natural Area Preserve (NAP) protects two state-threatened, four sensitive plants, and one state-threatened animal. 
Ecoregion: West Cascades (Skamania 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 Columbia Falls NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access 

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