Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex Draft Compatibility Determinations 

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex Draft Compatibility Determinations 

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, including Pierce, Franz and Ridgefield NWRs has prepared compatibility determinations for Education and Interpretation, Wildlife Observation and Photography and Research. These CDs renew and update existing uses. The Service will accept comments received or postmarked on or before January 2nd. 

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A glowing sky is reflected in Lake River that has fall vegetation along it
Located just north of Vancouver, Washington, the refuge is a unique retreat to nature nestled between the Columbia River and the town of Ridgefield.
Looking west from the far end of the Franz Lake overlook with green vegetation, views of the lake and Oregon across the Columbia river in the background.
Located just 31 miles east of Vancouver Washington, the refuge is known for its seasonal abundance of tundra swans, and offers local communities and travelers the opportunity to view nature from the convenience of an overlook off of State Route 14.
View from the top of Beacon Rock looking east over Pierce NWR and down the Columbia River
Located 36 miles east of Vancouver, just past Beacon Rock State Park, the refuge is a rare undisturbed sanctuary for wildlife in the highly visited Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. The Refuge offers larger species like Roosevelt Elk and black bear, and threatened and endangered species such as...
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A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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