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    Urban Refuge Annual Report

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

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  • Seasonal Trail now open

    The northern (eastern) portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail is now open through September 30th.

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  • 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

Oak Addition

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will expand the approved refuge boundary by 88 acres and work with willing sellers to aquire oak savanna and woodland habitat. By conserving these important habitats, the Service will contribute to the protection of several state-listed species and species of conservation concern.

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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

  • Welcome Officer Ryan Wagner!

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    We are very excited to welcome a new member of our Refuge team, Senior Wildlife Officer Ryan Wagner. Ryan will be supporting Refuges in the Portland area including Steigerwald Lake NWR. He brings a thorough knowledge of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with local, county, state, and federal agencies as well as experience in working on and around Urban National Wildlife Refuges. Staff, volunteers, and community partners are very excited to work with Ryan to protect the natural resources in our beautiful and famous Columbia River Gorge.

  • 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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  • 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, the public meeting on January 14th, and other ways to comment.

    BPA Website Project Summary
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: Jul 11, 2016
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