The Two-Steppe Natural Area Preserve

high-quality shrub-grassland
This 394 acre preserve contains the largest remaining area of high-quality shrub-grassland ecosystems in the northwest portion of the Columbia Basin. Situated in a landscape dominated by agricultural fields, the site also provides an important refuge for birds, such as the sage sparrow and sage thrasher, that are dependent on these shrub-steppe habitats. 
Features Protected: Big sagebrush/bluebunch wheatgrass plant community, stiff sagebrush/Sandberg's bluegrass plant community, thyme-leaved buckwheat/Sandberg's bluegrass plant community, sage sparrow, and sage thrasher
Ecoregion:  Columbia Plateau  (Douglas 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 The Two-Steppe NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access

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