Features

  • YCC Rotator

    Youth employment at the Refuge

    Five youth, 15 to 18 years old, will be hired for eight weeks to do projects on the Refuge. Apply by May 21st!

    2018 YCC Application Packet

  • 2018 Eco Blitz Rotator

    2018 Eco-Blitz

    Join the Gorge Refuge Stewards at Steigerwald Lake NWR on May 6 for free guided walks, (registration required) & see what you can discover.

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  • 2016 Urban Report

    2016 Urban Refuge Report

    Find out how the Portland-Vancouver area National Wildlife Refuges delivered on their promise to be a vital community asset in 2016.

    Get the 2016 Urban Refuge Program Report

  • 1-4th grader pass

    Every Kid in a Park Pass

    Did you know ALL 4th graders are eligible for a for a FREE Federal Lands Pass! That means FREE entrance to many sites, like Ridgefield NWR.

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Refuge News

2018 Volunteer Training

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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? We welcome 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! We also have opportunities to help with habitat restoration through out the year. Training dates: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, and 4/21.

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Gorge Refuge Stewards

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Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities for refuge visitors. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, who's mission is to support the three refuges in the Columbia Gorge. They do this through on and off site restoration, education, and outreach activities.

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Public Notices

Partners propose to restore floodplain on the Refuge

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The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's proposal to restore flood plain connectivity on the Refuge. This project would involve reconnecting Gibbon's Creek to the Columbia River and would help improve water quality and habitat. Click on the following link to learn more about the project.

BPA Website Project Summary

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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