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California bighorn sheep

The bighorn sheep population on the refuge has declined by 67% in four years, dropping from 149 sheep in 2017 to 48 in 2020. This trend puts the population at severe risk of extirpation without management intervention. USFWS

Service Develops Hart Mountain Refuge Bighorn Sheep Final EIS


The Service is releasing the final Environmental Impact Statement to address a significant decline in the California bighorn sheep population on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. The Service is partnering with the ODFW to develop the bighorn sheep management plan for the refuge. The population decline is a result of high predation and declining habitat quality due to juniper encroachment and invasive plants. The final management plan will include a combination of management strategies.


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Final EIS and management plan


Steve Berendzen Selected as New Project Leader for Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Steve Berendzen Selected as New Project Leader for Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex Photo Credit: Kyla Berendzen

Steve Berendzen Selected as New Project Leader for Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Steve Berendzen as the new Project Leader for the Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the Columbia Pacific Northwest Region. He will begin his role in February 2022.


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The Latino Engagement Program has helped bring in a more diverse audience to events such as Winter Wildlife Field Day at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges.

The Latino Engagement Program has helped bring in a more diverse audience to events such as Winter Wildlife Field Day at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges. Samantha Bartling / USFWS

Culture Change: Willamette Valley Refuges Focus on Reaching All Audiences


There was something missing from the trails at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. What? People of color who reflected the diverse local population. The refuges and Samantha Bartling set out to change that. “I asked myself how we could provide a visitor experience for the whole community. If I don’t see more of my local community here, how can I change that?”


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