South Nemah Natural Resources Conservation Area

This area is highly regarded as one of the last small uncut drainages in the Willapa Hills. Comprising 2,440 acres, it contains patches of 300-year old western red cedar and Sitka spruce and habitat for marbled murrelets and northern spotted owls.  The South and Middle Nemah Rivers support fish and amphibian populations. 
Features Protected: Dunn’s and Van Dyke’s salamanders, marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, northern goshawk, Vaux’s swift and pileated woodpecker, North Pacific Hypermaritime Western Red-Cedar – Western Hemlock Forest.
Ecoregion: Northwest Coast (Pacific County) 


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 South Nemah NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  


Currently, no formal educational programs are available at South Nemah NRCA. The site is not ADA accessible and facilities are not available. The site has been used as an outdoor classroom for marbled murrelet identification. For more information, contact the DNR Pacific Cascade Region natural areas manager.