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    Urban Refuge Annual Report

    Local Refuges reach out to urban audiences and help grow partnerships. Read about the success!

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    Kiwa Trail - Now Open

    The Kiwa Trail on the River 'S' Unit is open again. Sign up to join one of our guided walks or explore it on your own.

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    Refuge Open Dawn to Dusk!

    Automatic gates allow access to the refuge from dawn to dusk daily. Gate times are posted on this website and at the entrance.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Free pass for all 4th graders

    A federal lands pass for every 4th grader gets the whole family in for FREE! Call us to get find out how to get yours.

    Learn More About This Pass

Public Notices

Access Projects

The Federal Highway Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been working together to make access to the refuge safer and more enjoyable to both vehicles and pedestrians. Follow the link below to learn more about plans for a new River S bridge as well as improved pedestrian access to the Carty Unit.

Federal Lands and Highways Project Summaries

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.

Ridgefield is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Refuge News

  • April Volunteer Training Series

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    Interested in connecting people to nature and culture? Would you like to spend more time on the refuge and learn about the wildlife and history of your area? This spring we are welcoming new and returning volunteers to learn new skills and connect visitors of all ages and backgrounds. No experience necessary. Join us for this fun and rewarding experience!

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  • Hiring Youth 15 to 18!

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    We are very excited to bring back the Youth Conservation Crew this year! These 5 youth will participate in a variety of natural resource and recreation management projects at all four refuges in the Ridgefield Complex. Crew members will also participate in environmental education activities as part of their regular work. All work projects are designed to help develop good work skills, work habits, and safety awareness. Applications are due May 9th.

    Downloadable YCC Application Packet
  • Urban Wildlife Conservation Program


    Nature is more than just a place to visit, it's all around us, every day. Our passion for conservation at the USFWS is on display at the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, but we can do more. Through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we are working with community partners throughout the metro area to ensure a nature-rich future for the entire region.

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  • Be a Friend

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    Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, who's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the refuge and its wildlife hatibat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.

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Last Updated: May 26, 2016
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