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  • Urban Annual Report

    Urban Refuge Annual Report

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

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  • Seasonal Trail now open

    The northern (eastern) portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail is now open through September 30th.

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  • 1-4th grader pass

    Every Kid in a Park Pass

    Did you know ALL 4th graders are eligible for a for a FREE Federal Lands Pass! That means FREE entrance to many sites, like Ridgefield NWR.

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Public Notices

Oak Addition

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will expand the approved refuge boundary by 88 acres and work with willing sellers to aquire oak savanna and woodland habitat. By conserving these important habitats, the Service will contribute to the protection of several state-listed species and species of conservation concern.

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About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Steigerwald Lake is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 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 Corps this year! Youth will be based out of the Ridgefield, WA and participate in a variety of natural resource and recreation management projects at four local refuges, including Steigerwald. 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 by 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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  • Partners propose to restore floodplain on the Refuge

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    The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's proposal to restore flood plain connectivity on the Refuge. This project would involve reconnecting Gibbon's Creek to the Columbia River and would help improve water quality and habitat. Click on the following link to learn more about the project, the public meeting on January 14th, and other ways to comment.

    BPA Website Project Summary
Page Photo Credits — Painted Turtles - ©Gorge Stewards, Warbler - ©Douglas Beall, Binos - ©Gorge Stewards, Tree Scene - ©Michael Hersen, Goose © Jim Cruce, Tundra Swan © Jim Cruce, Jared Strawderman © USFWS
Last Updated: May 26, 2016
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