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Refuge News

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; Steigerwald Lake, Ridgefield, 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...

Refuge 20/20

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To keep you informed about all of the upcoming habitat and public access improvement projects coming to Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake NWRs, the Friends, Stewards, and USFWS have teamed up to create refuge2020.info. This resources will be your #1 resource for the what, when, how, and why of these projects.

Refuge 20/20

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.

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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.

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