To read about all the major projects happening within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, visit the new website created specifically to educate everyone about them called Refuge 2020


Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 965 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.

Restoration Map


Western Pond Turtle Restoration at Pierce NWR

Gorge Refuge Stewards and Friends of Ridgefield NWR volunteers have been removing blackberries, creating habitat piles, constructing nesting sites, and planting native trees and shrubs at Pierce NWR to enhance the state endangered Western Pond Turtle wintering habitat. Funding for the project is from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

 Nest Site AfterPlanting Blackberry Removal


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.  There will be a beer release at our annual meeting on April 16th at 6:30 to try the new beer of the series, Restoration Pale Ale.  The Camas-Washougal Post Record wrote a great article about the partnership which can be found here


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For directions to 54-40 Brewing and more information about the beer visit their Taproom page.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook


To read about all the major projects happening within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, visit the new website created specifically to educate everyone about them called Refuge 2020


Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 965 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.

Restoration Map


Western Pond Turtle Restoration at Pierce NWR

Gorge Refuge Stewards and Friends of Ridgefield NWR volunteers have been removing blackberries, creating habitat piles, constructing nesting sites, and planting native trees and shrubs at Pierce NWR to enhance the state endangered Western Pond Turtle wintering habitat. Funding for the project is from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

 Nest Site AfterPlanting Blackberry Removal


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.  There will be a beer release at our annual meeting on April 16th at 6:30 to try the new beer of the series, Restoration Pale Ale.  The Camas-Washougal Post Record wrote a great article about the partnership which can be found here

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For directions to 54-40 Brewing and more information about the beer visit their Taproom page.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook