Julia Butler Hansen Refuge
Pacific Region

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

In 2010, the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge completed a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). CCPs review and plan for long term management of wildlife, habitat, and public use activities. For more information about the CCP process, visit the Pacific Region Division of Refuge Planning website.

The final CCP and EIS for Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge is available here.

Waterfowl Hunt Plan

Hunt plans describe updated guidance for management of hunting opportunties for specific species within designated Refuge locations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans, manages, conducts, and evaluates refuge hunting programs in coordination with State fish and wildlife agencies on a consistent basis, in ways that conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats, ensures hunter and visitor safety, complies with applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, and promotes respect for the resource. Refuge managers review hunt programs annually to ensure continued compatibility and consistency of the program with existing laws and regulations.

Download the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge Waterfowl Hunt Plan (PDF 4.07 MB)

Download Julia Butler Hansen Refuge Hunt Map (PDF 1.22 MB)

Columbian White-tailed Deer Translocation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife 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.

Columbian white-tailed deer are unique to southwest Washington and western Oregon and are listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Ridgefield NWR is within their historical range and contains suitable habitat. The USFWS will capture and move the deer in partnership with the Cowlitz Tribe, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fifteen deer will also be moved from Puget Island to Cottonwood Island to improve genetic diversity in an existing population.

As part of the emergency effort, the Service developed a Draft Environmental Assessment and solicited public comment. The Final Environmental Assessment addresses those comments. The agency also held informational workshops in Ridgefield and on Sauvie Island in Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife Service thanks everyone who commented or attended the workshops. Final documents are availble for review below:

For more information about the translocation, read through the Question and Answers Sheet.

View progress reports and updates on this conservation effort...

For additional information about this proposed translocation, contact:

Doug Zimmer
Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, USFWS
(360) 753-4370

Direct general comments and questions to:

Refuge Manager
Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer
PO Box 566
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Phone: (360) 795-3915
Fax: (360) 795-0803



Last updated: March 27, 2014