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What's Happening at the Refuge

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

Columbian White-tailed Deer Translocation

From Tenasillahe Island to Columbia Stock Ranch

Final Environmental Assessment
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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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