Toppenish is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Cold Springs NWR near Hermiston, Oregon; Columbia NWR near Othello, Washington; Conboy Lake NWR at the southern foot of Mt. Adams in Washington; McKay Creek NWR near Pendleton, Oregon; McNary NWR near Pasco, Washington; Umatilla NWR near Boardman, Oregon; and the Hanford Reach National Monument near Richland, Washington. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 64 Maple Street, Burbank, Washington 99323 on the McNary National Wildlife Refuge. The telephone number is (509) 546-8300, and email can be directed to email@example.com. The Complex's web site is www.fws.gov/mcriver/.
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Steelhead are part of the history and mystique of the Northwest. Immortalized in ink by Zane Grey, pursued by anglers from around the world, prized by chefs throughout the region, steelhead are a defining symbol of the West Coast. Steelhead fishing, especially by dry fly, is an almost mythical experience to its followers. Toppenish NWR is doing its part to ensure the long-term viability of steelhead populations.