Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Proposed Oaks Unit Addition
Draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to expand the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) approved acquisition boundary to include 88 acres (the Oaks Unit) for the purpose of protecting Oregon white oak woodland, oak savanna, and Oregon white oak/Douglas-fir forest habitats. The Service has prepared a draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment (LPP/EA) for public review and comment.
Your input is important to us. It helps us gather information and identify issues affecting you, your community, and the natural resources of Steigerwald Lake Refuge. There is a 30-day open comment period for the draft LPP/EA. The comment period is from April 7 to May 4, 2014. You may submit your comments or concerns by U.S. mail to: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, P.O. Box 457, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or email Christopher_Lapp@fws.gov.
Electronic copies of the Draft Land Protection Plan are available below and printed copies can be provided from the Refuge office upon request. The Service will review and take into consideration all comments received. Following the public comment period, a decision will be made by the Regional Director.
Located on the Columbia River, near the town of Washougal, Washington, the 1,049-acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of historic riverine floodplain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and remnant stands of Oregon white oak.
The refuge lies partly within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and has been designated as the location for a "Gateway to the Gorge" visitor center. No funding for the Gateway/visitor center has been secured, however, the refuge opened the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail in June 2009 for your enjoyment. These facilities offer parking, kiosks, trail, restrooms and other visitor amenities.
The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards is a Friends organization helping to preserve and maintain the Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuges. This organization also offers current events and numerous volunteer opportunities. To learn more or become a member please visit: Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.
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Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
The northern (eastern) segment of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. The southern (western) segment is open year-round.
Follow this link to learn more: Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail.