Ridgefield NWR was established in 1965 to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose whose habitat is extremely limited. Since then, smaller pieces of land have been added to create what is now Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Staff and partners strive to work with the community to restore and conserve Oregon oak woodlands, pastures and wetland habitats. These lands provide the perfect environment for state and federally protected species such as Columbian white-tailed deer, Sandhill cranes and other wildlife.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Vision
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a place where people of all abilities can experience nature and share their outdoor traditions with others. This island of habitat with its rich diversity of floodplain forests, freshwater marshes, and meadows, will continue to sustain thriving populations of wintering dusky Canada geese, migrating waterfowl, and other wildlife. With collaboration from our conservation partners, the refuge will apply sound, scientific principles to sustain the long-term ecological health and integrity of lower Columbia River floodplain habitats; expand environmental education; encourage participation in wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities; protect and interpret unique cultural resources; and foster natural and cultural resources stewardship. As the rural character of the landscape changes, the refuge will become even more important to wildlife and those seeking to understand our natural and cultural heritage. (CCP 1.9 pg 1-35)
Other Facilities in this Complex
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four refuges along the lower Columbia River.