What is Happening at our Refuge?

 Friends Annual Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner December 7th!
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Fall & Winter Habitat Restoration Events

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AmeriCorps at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

emilyEmily Long is currently serving as the annual Education and Restoration Specialist AmeriCorps member for the Friends of RNWR at the Refuge, coordinating volunteers and habitat restoration projects and leading nature hikes for school field trips. A native of Virginia, Emily grew up along the Appalachian Trail and recreated in as many ways as possible in the Blue Ridge countryside. After acquiring a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University she was looking for a place to land with greater environmental resources. A backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail in California quickly set things in motion and she soon found herself in the Pacific Northwest. She joined the AmeriCorps program to broaden her knowledge of the area and to gain a more well-rounded experience in the environmental field. Emily began her service at the Refuge October 1, 2014, and will serve 1,700 hours over 10.5 months.

In exchange for their full time commitment, AmeriCorps members receive a monthly living stipend and an education award upon successful completion of their service term The Refuge and the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) are in their sixth year of sponsoring a full-time annual AmeriCorps position at the Refuge.  In the past three years the AmeriCorps position of Education and Restoration Specialist has been provided through an agreement with the Washington Service Corps in Olympia with matching funding provided by the Friends and the Refuge. The Washington Service Corps is affiliated with the national AmeriCorps program and is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. The AmeriCorps individual placement program in Washington is available to youth members from 18-25 years of age.

americorpsWAAmeriCorps members typically remain actively engaged in their communities long after their service is complete. An AmeriCorps study found that AmeriCorps alums are more attached to their communities, aware of community challenges, and significantly more likely to go into public service careers. An example of this at the Refuge is a previous Ridgefield AmeriCorps member . who is now working as the Plankhouse Coordinator following her service in 2011-2012.

For more information visit: (http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps) and. (http://www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps/ql-about-us.php)



Shop at FredMeyer? Support the Friends with your Rewards Card, and still earn points!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today!
  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge atwww.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 89824.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Friends earn a donation to support the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visitwww.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

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The Friends of Ridgefield NWR Need You!

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational programs, increasing public awareness and protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Get more information. Become a member or renew your membership NOW.

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Thanks To Our Sponsors:

Clark Public Utilities National Environmental Education Foundation
National Fish& Wildlife Foundation
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Umpqua Bank