Schumacher Creek Natural Area Preserve

shore-pine forested sphagnum bog
This 499 acre preserve includes the headwaters of Schumacher Creek, the stream and associated wetlands, a shore-pine forested sphagnum bog, and an upland buffer.  Within the wetlands and bog are a variety of plant communities that vary in their dominant vegetation. One of the plant communities found at Schumacher NAP, the Sitka alder/skunk cabbage-water parsley community, has a very restricted geographic range; it is only found in the Puget lowlands and is critically imperiled. 
Features Protected: Forested sphagnum bog and low elevation freshwater wetland
Ecoregion:  Puget Trough  (Mason 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 Schumacher Creek NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Schumacher Creek NAP. The site is not ADA accessible and facilities are not available. For more information, contact the DNR South Puget Sound Region natural areas manager.