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Pierce
National Wildlife Refuge


36062 State Rte 14 (Milepost 36)
Stevenson, WA   98648 - 9541
E-mail: Jim_Clapp@fws.gov
Phone Number: 360-835-8767
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/pierce/
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  Overview
Pierce National Wildlife Refuge
Pierce National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwest Washington within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It encompasses wetlands and uplands along the north shore of the Columbia River west of the town of North Bonneville. Refuge habitats include wetlands, Columbia River riparian corridor blocks, transitional woodlands from willows to cottonwood/ash to white oak to Douglas fir, improved pastures with some native grasses, and numerous creeks, seeps, and springs.

Hardy Creek, which bisects the refuge from east to west, supports one of the last remaining runs of chum salmon on the Columbia River. In addition to chum salmon, the creek also supports small remnant runs of Coho, steelhead and Chinook salmon as well as a variety of native species of freshwater fish. The refuge headquarters also serves as main office for Steigerwald Lake and Franz Lake Refuges. Current visitor opportunities are limited to arranged group tours and viewing from the summit of Beacon Rock and the Hamilton Mountain Trail (both located in Beacon Rock State Park).


Getting There . . .
Travel west from Vancouver, Washington on State Highway 14 to milepost 36, first driveway on the right. The office and residence are combined, with the office entrance on the south side of the building on the first floor.

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History
Between 1935 and 1993, about 80 acres of cottonwood-ash forest were cleared. Land clearing prior to 1935 reduced bottomland forest by at least this much again. The 310-acre Pierce Ranch was in operation from 1955 until 1988. The area was grazed continuously during this period, and the Pierce family cleared some 26 acres of trees and brush to increase the amount of pasture available for cattle.

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    Note
The refuge is closed to the public.




Recreation and Education Opportunities
Environmental Education
Photography
Wildlife Observation
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Management Activities
Current management emphasis is directed towards wetland development/enhancement, restoration of Columbia River riparian habitat, providing wintering habitat for Canada geese, and protection and enhancement of anadromous and native fisheries resources.