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    Youth Photo Contest

    Do you like to take photos? Submit your favorite image taken at Steigerwald Lake NWR to the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards!

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  • Urban Annual Report

    Urban Refuge Annual Report

    Local Refuges reach out to urban audiences and help grow partnerships. Read about the success!

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    Partial trail closure

    The northeastern spur is closed Oct-April to provide sanctuary for wintering waterfowl

    Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail

  • 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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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

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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.

Steigerwald Lake is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge 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 in 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 throughout the year.

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  • Coming in for a landing

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    Fall and winter seasons give you great opportunities to see wintering waterfowl visiting Steigerwald Lake Refuge to rest and recoup from a long breeding season. Just part of the trail will be closed October through April to provide undisturbed sanctuary area. Please stay out of the closed areas so wildlife will stay at Steigerwald for their health and our viewing pleasure!

    Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
  • 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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  • Urban Wildlife Conservation Program


    Nature is more than just a place to visit, it's all around us, every day. Our passion for conservation at the USFWS is on display at the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, but we can do more. Through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we are working with community partners throughout the metro area to ensure a nature-rich future for the entire region.

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Page Photo Credits — Painted Turtles - ©Gorge Stewards, Warbler - ©Douglas Beall, Binos - ©Gorge Stewards, Tree Scene - ©Michael Hersen, Goose © Jim Cruce, Tundra Swan © Jim Cruce, Jared Strawderman © USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2017
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