Refuge Conservation Goals

Grasslands management/USFWS Photo

Conservation efforts are guided and directed by the refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan which was approved in 2010.

  • Short-grass Fields

    Goal 1. Provide short-grass fields for the benefit of Columbian white-tailed deer, dusky Canada geese, and other grassland dependent wildlife.

  • Riparian Forests

    Goal 2. Restore and maintain riparian forests with diverse age and structural features characteristic of the historic lower Columbia River.

  • Non-tidal Wetlands and Sloughs

    Goal 3. Restore and maintain non-tidal wetlands and sloughs as a mosaic with other refuge habitat types, especially riparian forest and short-grass fields.

  • Tidally Influenced Freshwater Wetlands and Swamps

    Goal 4. Maintain and protect tidally influenced freshwater wetlands and swamp habitats characteristic of the historic lower Columbia River.

  • Columbian White-tailed Deer

    Goal 5. Maintain a healthy, sustainable population of endangered Columbian white-tailed deer to promote the recovery of this species....

  • Aquatic Habitat

    Goal 6. Provide and encourage establishment of aquatic habitat conditions that benefit salmonids and other native aquatic species of the lower Columbia River.

  • Scientific Information

    Goal 7. Gather scientific information (inventories, monitoring, research, assessments, and studies) in support of adaptive management decisions on the Refuge under Goals 1 through 6.

  • Connecting People with Nature

    Goal 8. Provide refuge visitors with the opportunity to participate in wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.