News --- River 'S' Closed --- Inclement Weather
The River 'S' Unit is CLOSED on December 6th, 7th, & 8th, due to inclement weather. The snow on the Refuge entrance road has yet to melt and the road is unsafe for passenger vehicles. This website will announce when the road reopens. The Carty Unit and Oaks to Wetland Trail remain open. Hunting will be closed for December 7th.
December 7, 2013 - VOLUNTEER EVENT 9-12:30 is CANCELLED due to extreme cold weather and sever work conditions.
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Translocation of Columbian White-tailed Deer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed the Final Environmental Assessment for an emergency translocation of endangered Columbian white-tailed deer. Beginning the last week of January 2013, up to 50 deer will be translocated from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian White-tailed Deer near Cathlamet, Washington, to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Ridgefield, Washington. The deer are being moved to save them from potential loss due to the impending failure of a dike between the JBH refuge and the Columbia River. If the dike fails, much of the refuge will be flooded, placing the deer at risk.
The Service has completed an Amendment and companion Environmental Assessment (EA) to the Ridgefield Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and a Finding of No Significant Impact for Post-Translocation Management of Columbian White-tailed Deer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Under this proposed action, the Service would adopt and implement the management goal, objective and strategies including predator management activities on the Refuge. The Service, in support ofthe recovery of this endangered species, considers these actions necessary for the stability and viability of the secure subpopulation of endangered Columbian white-tailed deer. More information on the translocation of Columbian white-tailed deer can be found at the website for Julia Butler Hansen NWR.
Columbian white-tailed deer continue to be relocated from Julia Butler Hansen NWR to Ridgefield NWR. A total of 34 deer have been relocated. We are very interested in the movement of deer in the Ridgefield area. Should you see a white-tailed deer, please contact the Refuge at 360/887/2122. All relocated deer have bright yellow numbered ear tags. It is most helpful if you can record the numbers on the ear tags, as these numbers identify the individual deer. Click here, to learn more about reporting white-tailed deer observations.
Post Office Lake Ecosystem Restoration Environmental Assessment
The Portland District of the Army Corps. of Engineers is working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose an ecosystem restoration project at Post Office Lake in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. A 30-day review and comment period for a Draft Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and related documents is open until Feb. 24, 2013. The Environmental Assessment is availalbe at this link: Post Office Lake EA (1.1 MB).
We invite public questions and comments about the attached document,
by phone at 503-808-4874, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by postal mail to the Portland District at:
River S Unit Access Project
In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Ridgefield Refuge. The CCP included a Transportation Access Study completed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); that study was a preliminary review of alternatives providing access improvements to the River 'S' Unit. The USFWS selected a new access to the River S Unit in their final CCP, meaning a new access point for River S was desired. A specific location for this access was not selected in the CCP.
The USFWS has now requested FHWA's, Western Federal Lands Division office in Vancouver WA to lead the River 'S' Unit Access Project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). By building upon past planning efforts, the FHWA will produce an in-depth transportation analysis to assess the current access location and identify specific alternative locations to the River S Unit. With this new effort, FHWA is planning on engaging in a public scoping process under NEPA to develop the purpose and need and a full range of alternatives to address access related problems to the River 'S' Unit. For more information about FHWA process and outreach efforts, please follow this link to FHWA's website for this project.
River S Unit Access Project
The USFWS and FHWA’s Western Federal Lands Division office in Vancouver,
Washington, have been developing a comprehensive understanding of
land used, ownerships, rights of way, and environmental issues by
gathering agency input, interviewing area interest groups, and soliciting
public comment. Since our last newsletter, FHWA produced an in-depth
transportation analysis to assess the current access
Ridgefield Refuge's Final CCP/EA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Refuge can be reviewed at the following website: Ridgefield planning documents.
River 'S' Unit Discovery Audio Tour
New to the River 'S' Auto Tour is a companion Discover Audio Tour with information about the Refuge, its wildlife and its resources. The Discover Audio Tour is available for loan during your visit to the Auto Tour Route from the Visitor Contact Station. Each track on the cd corresponds to a series of numeric signs along the Auto Tour Route. It can also be downloaded as a pod cast to your portable media device by visiting the web site for the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
GeoAdventure is a free group activity kit that includes a GPS unit and a bag of clues designed for ages 12 and up. Great for scout troops, families, and other groups. Follow this link to find out more: GeoAdventure