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    Youth employment at the Refuge

    Five youth, 15 to 18 years old, will be hired for eight weeks to do projects at the Refuge Complex. Apply by May 21st!

    2018 YCC Application Packet

  • 2016 Urban Report

    2016 Urban Refuge Report

    Find out how the Portland-Vancouver area National Wildlife Refuges delivered on their promise to be a vital community asset in 2016.

    Get the 2016 Urban Refuge Program Report

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    Refuge Open Dawn to Dusk!

    Automatic gates allow access to the refuge from dawn to dusk daily. Gate times are posted on this website and at the entrance.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Can YOU Imagine?

    A Gateway to the Refuge where you can learn, share stories, and be part of your community?

    Project Update

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    Columbian white-tailed deer

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service celebrate the reclassification of the Columbia River population from endangered to threatened.

    Learn More

Refuge News

Volunteer Naturalist Training

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Interested connecting people to nature and culture? Would you like to spend more time on the refuge and learn about the wildlife and history of your area? We welcome new and returning volunteers to learn new skills and connect visitors of all ages and backgrounds. No experience necessary. Join us for this fun and rewarding experience! We also have opportunities to help with habitat restoration through out the year. Training dates: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, and 4/21.

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Be a Friend

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Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, who's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the refuge and its wildlife hatibat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.

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Public Notices

Access Projects

The Federal Highway Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been working together to make access to the refuge safer and more enjoyable to both vehicles and pedestrians. Follow the link below to learn more about plans for a new River S bridge as well as improved pedestrian access to the Carty Unit.

Federal Lands and Highways Project Summaries

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS