Contact Us

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is made up of four refuges along the lower Columbia River, including Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce. These refuges and their surrounding communities are supported by a small but dedicated and friendly staff that work primarily out of the Ridgefield, WA office. The following people may be able to answer your questions about the refuge, what we do to conserve and protect your natural resources, and how our organization can help you to do the same. 

General inquires M-F, 8 to 4:30 may be answered at 360-887-4106, pending staff availability. 

*Please note that while some staff are currently on telework status there may be delays in response times and website updates due to varied work situations and remote location capabilities. We thank you for your support and patience during this time.

  • Project Leader - Juliette Fernandez

    Juliette Fernandez manages all operations, programs and employees for the Complex (Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce NWRs). Contact her with questions regarding refuge operations, refuge management, and policies.


    Email: Juliette_Fernandez@fws.gov
    Phone: 360-887-4106

  • Deputy Project Leader - Eric Anderson

    Eric Anderson helps to manage all operations, programs and employees for the Complex (Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce NWRs). Contact him with questions regarding refuge operations, status of refuge projects, refuge management and policies, and special use permits.


    Email: Eric_Anderson@fws.gov

    Phone: 360-887-4106

  • Visitor Services Manager - Josie Finley

    Josie Finley manages all visitor and outreach programs for the Refuge Complex (Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce). Contact her with your questions about on-site recreation, special use permits, partnerships, education, volunteering, outreach/communication efforts, and website updates.

    Email: Josie_Finley@fws.gov

    Phone: 360-608-2059

  • Park Ranger - Mesha Wood

    Mesha Wood oversees visitor programs, community engagement and outreach for the Columbia Gorge National Wildlife Refuges, based out of Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal, Washington. Contact her with your questions about group visits, guided walks, volunteering, outreach and educational events on and off site, and website updates.

    Email: Mesha_Wood@fws.gov

    Phone: 971-336-1042

  • Refuge Biologist - Alex Chmielewski

    Alex Chmielewski oversees all biological programs for the Complex. Contact him with your questions about wildlife sightings, wildlife or habitat management actions, and biological permits.

    Email: Alex_Chmielewski@fws.gov