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    Volunteer Spotlight

    The Refuge highlights John Krause in honor of National Volunteer Week.

    Volunteering Keeps Him Close to Nature, People

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    Refuge Open Dawn to Dusk!

    Automatic gates allow access to the refuge from dawn to dusk daily. Gate times are posted on this website and at the entrance.

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    Jobs for Youth This Summer!

    Five youth, 15 to 18 years old, will be hired for eight weeks to do projects on the Refuge. Apply by May 15th!

    Downloadable YCC Application Packet

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    Can YOU Imagine?

    A Gateway to the Refuge where you can learn, share stories, and be part of your community?

    Project Update

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    Columbian white-tailed deer

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service celebrate the reclassification of the Columbia River population from endangered to threatened.

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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

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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.

Ridgefield 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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Refuge News

  • Volunteer Opportunities

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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? This spring we are welcoming new and returning volunteers to learn new skills and connect visitors of all ages and backgrounds. No experience necessary. Join us for this fun and rewarding experience! Upcoming training opportunities include March webinars and an April Naturalist Training series. We also have much going on in habitat restoration through out the year.

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  • Bird walks by Ron Escano


    Whether you are new to birding or have been watching them your whole life, Ron Escano offers easy and interesting ways to learn about this amazing world of feather friends. A retired USFWS biologist and life long birder, Ron has been leading these walks for over a decade at the Refuge and for the Audobon society. Join him on refuge trails at Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake this Spring to find out who might be flying in!

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  • Hiring Youth 15 to 18!

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    We are very excited to bring back the Youth Conservation Crew this year! These 5 youth will participate in a variety of natural resource and recreation management projects at all four refuges in the Ridgefield Complex. Crew members will also participate in environmental education activities as part of their regular work. All work projects are designed to help develop good work skills, work habits, and safety awareness. Applications are due May 15th.

    Downloadable YCC Application Packet
  • 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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Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017
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