The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) are a non-profit organization, led by an Executive Director and a volunteer board, who help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preserve and maintain the Refuge. This volunteer group employees several staff members who works in collaboration with the Refuge to provide community engagement opportunities, volunteer coordination, cultural education programs, habitat restoration, and waterfowl hunting.
The Friend's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife habitat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in its environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.
- Advocate the long-term protection and compatible uses of the Refuge's fish and wildlife resources and habitat
- Expand education and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of the area
- Improve visitor program and facilities in the Ridgefield and Lower Columbia River area, to better protect and enhance the natural and cultural resources
Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:
- Grant opportunities
- Sponsorship of grants
- Cooperative Agreements
To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.