Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Get Involved

Welcome Juliette Fernandez!

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Help us welcome our new Project Leader for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Juliette will be the primary manager in charge of your four local Refuges; Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce. Juliette has dedicated her life to species protection, serving communities, and mentoring her staff. We will continue to be supported by Deputy Project Leader Eric Anderson, who has been filling both roles since last November. We are very excited to add her to our team and learn new ways to better serve you!

Learn more about Juliette here...
Make a Difference

Refuge Stewards

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Even though the Pierce NWR is closed to visitors you can still help to conserve habitat and wildlife in the area. The best way to get involved is to help the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, who's mission is to support the three refuges in the Columbia Gorge.

Learn More About the Refuge Stewards

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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