William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is situated along the foothills of the Coast Range at the western edge of the fertile Willamette Valley of northwestern Oregon . A second unit on the east side of the river, Snag Boat Bend, has been added to the Refuge. The Refuge encompasses a diverse assortment of habitats including riparian forest, upland forest, upland prairie, wet prairie, wetlands and farm fields. Elevations range from 185 to 414 feet msl.
As with the other refuges within the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex, the primary management goal of William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is to provide high quality wintering habitat for geese, especially the dusky Canada goose, to ensure healthy, viable goose populations while minimizing goose browse damage to crops on private agricultural lands.
Other management goals are to preserve native species and enhance biodiversity. Populations of several endangered and threatened animal and plant species can be found on the refuge. A herd of Roosevelt elk can be found in the bottomland forests or farm fields on the Refuge. Wildlife/wildlands observation, photography, hiking, and environmental education and interpretation are the major public use activities allowed on the Refuge. Limited hunting and fishing opportunities are also provided.
Of special interest are several historic buildings located within the Refuge including the Fiechter House, completed in 1857 and thought to be the oldest house in Benton County.
Habitat improvement and restoration are essential for the continued survival of wildlife populations in the Willamette Valley. If you are interested in restoring your lands to native habitat, such as wetlands, prairies, grasslands or upland oak/savannas, please click on the following link " Partnership for Fish and Wildlife " for further information.
SNAG BOAT BEND UNIT CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING
The Snag Boat Bend Unit, located off Peoria Road, is temporarily closed due to flooding from recent rains. Staff will continue to monitor water levels over the next several days. The Unit will be re-opened once water levels recede and a damage assessment can be conducted. Visitors are asked to remain alert to changing road and trail conditions on all of the Willamette Valley Refuges.
LOCAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES ANNOUNCE FALL HOURS
Public access into major portions of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges will be limited during the winter sanctuary season in order to provide undisturbed habitat for Canada geese and other wildlife. By resting in undisturbed areas on the Refuge, wintering geese replenish their energy reserves required for nesting and migrating. This also reduces crop damage on neighboring agricultural lands.
The Refuges are open from sunrise to sunset each day. Visitors are reminded that Finley Refuge Road is a Refuge road and falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. It is closed to all public access from sunset to sunrise, including through traffic.
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WILD GOOSE NATURE STORE LOCATED IN REFUGE COMPLEX HEADQUARTERS FACILITY
Visitors can now look forward to finding friendly faces and information inside the office on the weekends. The Friends of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex, a non-profit organization formed to provide support to the Refuge, opened the Wild Goose Nature Store inside the headquarters office on August 21st. The new Nature Store is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Items relating to the Willamette Valley Refuges, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and other conservation related themes provide the inspiration behind t-shirts, hats, books, pins, and more.
Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in talking with people from all walks of life and sharing your passion for wildlife, contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Refuge Ranger at (541) 757-7236 or email@example.com.