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About the Complex

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  • What's A Complex?

    A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.

    Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

    Other refuges in the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex include:

    Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
    Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
    Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
    Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
    Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
    Breton National Wildlife Refuge
    Delta National Wildlife Refuge
    Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

    These eight refuges are part of a coastal wetlands system which includes marshes, pine and bottomland hardwood forests, lakes, barrier islands, swamps and bayous. All of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges are open to public visits for nature-based recreational enjoyment. Priority public uses are hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

    The refuge complex headquarters is located at 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, Louisiana 70445.

  • Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

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    Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is over 15,000 acres of tidelands, temperate rainforest, ocean beaches, and small streams. It also includes several rare remnants of old growth coastal cedar forest. Preserving habitat for spawning wild salmon, hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds, and threatened species such as the western snowy plover and marbled murrelet, the refuge is a great place to see what the Pacific Northwest looked like over 100 years ago.

  • Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer

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    Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian White-tailed Deer was established in the 1970s to preserve habitat for the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer (CWTD). The CWTD is the only white-tailed deer found west of the Cascade Mountains, and was believed to be extinct since the 1930s. When a small remnant population was discovered in the early 1960s, the refuge was quickly established to preserve the species and help it to recovery.

  • Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge

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    Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 20 islands and stretches over 27 miles of the Columbia River, from the mouth of the river upstream to Skamakowa, WA. Although rarely visited by humans, this refuge is a haven for migratory waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, amphibians and fish.


Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016
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