Wildlife & Habitat
For a relatively small landmass the Pierce Refuge is rich in natural resources. The habitats of the Refuge include include wetlands, grasslands, riparian forests, decideous woodlands of ash and Oregon white oak, coniferous forests, streams, 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 is home to one of the largest remaining populations of a State threatened plant species. The wetlands of Pierce Refuge also host an experimental population of State endangererd western pond turtles. Multiple partners have worked to raise young turtles in captivity and release them to secure and suitable habitat with the intent of creating new self-sustaining populations and addressing overall recovery goals.