About the Refuge

Columbiamn white-tailed deer are only found in two areas of Washington and Oregon/USFWS Photo

Protecting Threatened Deer and So Much More

Julia Butler Hansen Refuge was established in 1971 specifically to protect and manage the then endangered Columbian white-tailed deer. The refuge contains over 6,000 acres of pastures, forested tidal swamps, brushy woodlots, marshes and sloughs along the Columbia River in both Washington and Oregon. Diverse habitat that support deer also benefit a large variety of wintering and migratory birds, Roosevelt elk, river otter, reptiles and amphibians, and nesting bald eagles, great horned owls and osprey.

Julia Butler Hansen Refuge is one of over 550 sites in the National Wildlife Refuge System, and one of 56 sites established to benefit threatened and endangered species. managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this system is a vital living heritage, conserving wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come. 

Learn more about Julia Butler Hansen - the woman behind the name of this Refuge.