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What's Happening at the Refuge


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Complex) announces the opportunity for a seasonal grazing and haying program at Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer (Cathlamet, WA), Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge (Brownsmead, OR) and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge (Long Beach, WA). The program is managed under a Cooperative Agricultural Agreement (CAA), with the cooperators providing in-kind services by helping the Complex manage for wildlife habitat. In-kind services that are most commonly utilized are fence repair and installation, mowing, and/or spraying of weeds. Interested cooperators will be evaluated based on capacity to complete in-kind services, prior experience and knowledge of grazing or haying, and bid amount. Applications will only be accepted between November 12th and December 17th, 2021. Application envelopes must be received in the refuge office or by email by December 17th, 2021 at 4:00 pm PDT. All applications will be reviewed beginning December 20th, 2021. Those who apply will be notified promptly and selected cooperators will then be given the opportunity to accept their selection. For further information regarding this opportunity please contact Matt Lloyd at (360) 642-3860 or visit

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement 2022 Complete Package

New Hunting Opportunity!

A new hunting opportunity is now available at the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer. The Westport Unit of the Refuge will now be opened to waterfowl hunting along the external shoreline. The internal sloughs and uplands will remain closed. Please follow the state of Oregon hunting regulations, and see the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge hunt brochure for a map and additional details.

2021-2022 JBH Hunting Brochure

Columbian White-tailed Deer Translocation Project

The environmental assessment (EA) for the Columbian White-tailed Deer Translocation Project has been finalized. Based on the Final EA, the Service and Bonneville Power Administration have issued findings of no significant impact and have made the decision to proceed with the translocation up to 50 Columbian white-tailed deer from Tenasillahe Island in the Columbia River to the Columbia Stock Ranch in Columbia County, Oregon. The project will implement recovery actions described in the Revised Columbian White-Tailed Deer Recovery Plan and meet management objectives for the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge as described in its Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

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FONSI for the CWTD Translocation

FONSI for the CWTD translocation Tenasillahe Island to Columbia Stock Ranch

FONSI for the CWTD translocation Tenasillahe Isl to Columbia Stock Ranch
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About the Complex

Willapa Complex

Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer is managed as part of the Willapa 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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