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Refuge Conservation Goals

Tidal Restoration is part of Willapa National Wildife Refuge conservation goals/USFWS Photo

Conservation efforts are guided and directed by the refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan which was approved in 2011.

  • Late-successional Forests

    Goal 1. Protect, maintain, and restore ecologically functional late-successional forest habitats (mature and old-growth forest) characteristic of the low-elevation temperate forests in the southwest Washington coastal region for the benefit of endangered and threatened species, migratory and resident birds, and a diverse assemblage of other native species.

    Discover how the refuge is working to enhance forest ecosystems and wildlife...

  • Estuarine Habitats

    Goal 2. Protect, maintain, and restore estuarine habitats historically characteristic of the southwest Washington coastal region for the benefit of salmonids, Pacific brant, other waterfowl, shorebirds, seabirds, and a diverse assemblage of other native species.

    Uncover refuge conservation activities that enhance and protect Willapa Bay's unique estuary... 

  • Freshwater Habitats

    Goal 3. Protect, maintain, and restore freshwater habitats historically characteristic of the southwest Washington coastal region for the benefit of migratory birds, salmonids, amphibians, mussels, lamprey, and a diverse assemblage of other native species.

    Learn more about refuge efforts to protect freshwater species...

  • Coastal Beach & Dune Habitats

    Goal 4. Protect, maintain, and restore coastal beach and dune habitats historically characteristic of the southwest Washington coastal region for the benefit of the western snowy plover, streaked horned lark, pink sandverbena, Oregon silverspot butterfly, and a diverse assemblage of other native species.

    Explore the techniques and strategies the refuge uses to enhance coastal beach and dune habitat...  

  • Short-grass Fields and Grasslands

    Goal 5. Provide short-grass fields (improved pastures) and grasslands for the benefit of Canada geese, Pacific jumping mouse, and other grassland-dependent species, and restore grasslands for the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

    Discover habitat management tools used by the refuge to ensure that grassland and fields are available for wildlife... 

  • Endangered Species Recovery

    Goal 6. Promote the recovery of federally threatened and endangered as well as Federal candidate and State-listed species.

    Learn more about the vulnerable species that call this refuge home...

  • Scientific Information

    Goal 7. Gather scientific information (inventories, monitoring, research, assessments, and studies) in support of adaptive management decisions on the Refuge under Goals 1 through 6.

    Learn more about refuge science...

    Find out how you can participate in the refuge's scientific efforts...

  • Connecting People with Nature

    Goal 8. Foster a connection between refuge visitors and nature. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in safe, quality, wildlife-dependent recreation activities located throughout Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. These activities and programs include wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, environmental education, interpretation, and photography.

    Explore ways you can enjoy the refuge and its wildlife...

  • Cultural Resources

    Goal 9. Protect and preserve the cultural resources of the Refuge for the benefit of present and future generations.

    The refuge works to identify, evaluate and seek appropriate protective designation of cultural resources and prepares and mitigates natural or human-caused impacts to significant cultural sites.

  • Greater Willapa Bay Ecosystem

    Goal 10. Contribute to the protection of the long-term environmental health of the Willapa Bay ecosystem.

  • Off-Refuge Conservation Efforts

    Goal 11. Provide support for off-Refuge conservation efforts in southwest Washington in partnership with private landowners, agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

    Learn more about partnership efforts...

Page Photo Credits — Bear River Estuary Restoration Project - ©Rollin Bannow
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014
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