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    Main Street Detour to Carty Unit

    To improve access to the Refuge, the city sidewalk will be extended to the Carty Unit. A detour will be in place until Oct. 2019.

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    Weekend Access Only - Starting March 18

    To improve access to the River 'S' Unit, construction for a new bridge is underway. Starting March 18 the Unit will only be open weekends.

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    Kiwa Trail - Open Weekends ONLY

    The River 'S' Unit of the Refuge (including the Kiwa Trail) is closed to all access Monday - Friday.

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    Trail Closure Starting March 18th

    The Oaks-to-Wetlands trail north of the Oak Overlook will close on March 18th for an oak restoration project.

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    Stay Informed About Changes

    Big habitat and public access improvements are coming to the Refuge. Stay on top of it all at www.refuge2020.info.

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Refuge News


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To keep you informed about all of the upcoming habitat and public access improvement projects coming to Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake NWRs, the Friends, Stewards, and USFWS have teamed up to create refuge2020.info. This resources will be your #1 resource for the what, when, how, and why of these projects.

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Join us and Volunteer

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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 invite people of all backgrounds to join our volunteer community.

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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.

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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.

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