Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


Ridgefield NWR has approximately 5,300 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands. The refuge was established (along with 3 other refuges in the Willamette Valley of Oregon) in 1965, in response to a need to establish vital winter habitat for wintering waterfowl with an emphasis on the dusky Canada goose, whose nesting areas in Alaska were severly impacted by the violent earthquake of 1964.

As progressively there is less land available for wildlife, there is an increasing need to maximize the quality of habitat on the Refuge for wildlife. Refuge staff use their resources to produce the best quality of habitat possible to support larger and more diverse populations of native plants and animals. Like farmers who tend their crop, Refuge staff may intensively manage wildlife habitat to maximize the production of food resources needed by wildlife. Felds are mowed, invasive species are removed, and public use is regulated to attract and maintain wildlife populations at the Refuge. These management 'tools' are used to improve habitat for wildlife. Since the Refuge was established to protect wintering habitat for waterfowl, and specifically dusky Canada geese, management priority is placed on dusky Canada goose habitat.



Last updated: April 29, 2010