Willapa NWR Complex Conservation Projects

Trumpeter swans use the newly restored Bear River Estuary/USFWS Photo

Discover more about how this Refuge Complex conserves your wildlife heritage through the help of partnerships.

  • Bear River Estuary Restoration

    Dozers remove dike material on the Bear River Estuary Restoration Project/USFWS Photo

    The largest estuary restoration effort made by Willapa NWR has been possible with the support of many partners. When completed, over 500 acres of salt marsh, intertidal mudflats and channels in south Willapa Bay will return to estuary-influenced habitat.

    Learn more about this project...

  • Headquarters Stream Restoration

    Headquarters Stream restoration/USFWS Photo

    The removal of a tidegate allowed the estuary's influence and its wildlife back into Willapa NWR's Headquarters Stream. Freshwater habitat was enhanced with ponds, pools and placement of large woody debris - a welcome mat for freshwater species.

    Find out how the Refuge and its partners tackled this restoration...

  • South Bay Trail

    Tarlatt Slough/USFWS Photo

    Still in the planning stages, Willapa NWR is working closely with partners to develop a new wildlife observation trail in the south bay.

    Discover more about this new trail...

  • Leadbetter Point Coastal Dune Restoration

    The return of pink sandverbena was an outcome of dune restoration efforts/USFWS Photo

    Since 2001, the Willapa NWR and many partners have been restoring native dune habitat at Leadbetter Point.

    Find out more about this successful initiative...

  • Spartina Eradication

    Spartina is a non-native invasive species in Willapa Bay/USFWS Photo

    The Willapa Bay estuary was once threatened by this invasive grass. 

    Learn more about how Spartina has been reduced from hundreds of acres to just a few plants...

  • Greenhead Slough Restoration

    Spawning chum salmon in the Greenhead Slough Watershed/USFWS Photo

    Stream and estuary restoration efforts are removing barriers to fish passage and enhancing habitat at Willapa NWR.

    Uncover additional information about this conservation effort...

  • Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

    Early blue violets are planted as part of the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly conservation effort/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Last seen in Washington State in the early 1990's, many partners are working to return the Oregon silverspot butterfly to its native range along the coast.

    Discover how its being accomplished...

  • Landscape Conservation

    Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer/USFWS Photo

    Wildlife knows no boundaries. Conservation efforts require large-scale thinking and shared resources.

    Learn more about how this Refuge works with others to support wildlife...

  • Research

    A Western pearlshell mussel is measured/USFWS Photo

    Conservation descisions are driven by science. The Refuge Complex works with a variety of partners to aquire and share wildlife-related data.

    Discover more about the role of research...

  • Columbian White-tailed Deer Translocation

    A Columbian white-tailed deer is prepared for translocation/USFWS Photo

    An impending dike breach placed the mainland population of the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer at risk during the winter of 2012. An emergency translocation unfolded with the help of numerous partners and volunteers.

    Uncover the full story of this rescue mission...

  • Steamboat Slough Habitat Restoration

    A set-back levee is constructed as part of the Steamboat Slough Habitat Restoration project/USFWS Photo

    Turning a bad situation into an opportunity, the Refuge Complex is working with Army Corps. to create salmon habitat at Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer.

    Learn more about this restoration project...

  • Willapa Art Trail

    The Shorebird Swirl can be found along the Willapa Art Trail/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Seeking an innovative way to help Refuge visitors connect with stream wildlife, a novel partnership was born. The Willapa Art Trail is a fusion of art, science, study, and community.

    Find out how this trail came to light...

  • Wildlife Observation Blind

    Members of the Shoalwater Birders at the Refuge observation blind/USFWS Photo

    Willapa NWR's wildlife observation blind was built by the Friends of Willapa NWR and is maintained by Shoalwater Birders, a local bird watching club.

    Get wildlife watching tips... 

  • Environmental Education & Outreach

    The 2013 Eighth Grade Field Trip Instructors take a break/USFWS Photo

    Formal and informal efforts to share the stories of Willapa NWR Complex are made by our many partners. Each time you tell someone about this special place, "Like Us" on Facebook, or get first hand experience by providing your skills, time and talents to a Refuge Complex project, you join the growing list of Refuge partners hosting conversations about conservation.

    Find out more about how you can get involved...