Habitat Restoration

Nothing in nature is static, and there is always work to do.


We Need Your Help!

A 1200 square foot area has been cleared and covered in preparation for a native plant habitat restoration project on the Carty Unit. A group of students from Clark College secured a donation of 100 Camas bulbs from Scholls Valley Nursery and prepped the site in early June for a fall planting. camas habitatCamas represents an important food resource for indigenous peoples in the region and was a primary trade item. Camas is also an important forb found in oak savannas and upland grasslands. If you would like to assist the Friends of Ridgefield NWR in their efforts to restore this area we need volunteers to help with planting this fall and weeding in the spring. We are also seeking donations for the purchase of additional native forbs and native grass seed.

If you would like to participate in planting and weeding, or would like to make a donation towards the purchase of native planting material, please click here to make a donation (please indicate your desired program in the notes field). To sign up to help, or learn more- email Keith Rutz: keith_rutz@fws.gov.

What is Habitat Restoration?

Habitat restoration involves work in the mud: planting, digging, pulling, clipping, cutting, hiking, carrying, and fun! We add and subtract, dig and fill, pump water in and pump water out, for the betterment of our land. And sometimes, it isn’t muddy!


Why Volunteer?

You provide a little sweat, we provide the snacks, the tools, and the fun! Unlike other volunteer opportunities on the Refuge, with habitat restoration work, you can join us once, or again and again. Become part of a team that not only gets to shape our refuge but also make a visible difference to the important species it supports. Sometimes our volunteers even get to venture to parts of the Refuge that are closed to the public. And, as with all our volunteer opportunities, come meet some new people and commune with nature!
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Volunteer Opportunities:

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