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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Invasive Plant Removal!

What: Join us as we launch into ricefield bulrush removal season this June! Ricefield bulrush (Schoenoplectus mucronatus) is an invasive Eurasian plant that is threatening the health of Refuge wetlands by pushing out native plants that wildlife need for food and cover. Due in part to volunteer efforts, Ricefield bulrush is currently contained to the Refuge and has not been recorded elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Preventing the escape of this noxious weed into local ecosystems is a top priority. We may also cut or dig other wetland invasives such as yellow flag iris. This is a great opportunity to see areas of the Refuge normally off limits to the visiting public. Please wear rubber boots and dress for the weather. Long pants are strongly recommended as well as sun protection. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Restoration projects funded in part by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


No experience necessary, just enthusiasm to restore wildlife habitat and protect our environment! All ages welcome. People under 18 years of age must have parents sign their volunteer service agreement (available the day of the event, or online at http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/getinvolved.html).


Where: Meet at the River ‘S’ Unit kiosk of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Directions: From exit 14 off I-5, head west on Pioneer St./SR501 for 3 miles toward downtown Ridgefield. At the beginning of town, turn left onto 9th Ave/Hillhurst. The refuge entrance gate is about .7 miles ahead on the right. Follow the gravel road over the wooden bridge. Stop at the visitor kiosk.


When: Beginning on June 23, work parties will be every Wednesday and Saturday (except for July 3) until September 1. 9 am – 12:30 pm.


Contact: Alexa Ortiz 360-887-3883 or [email protected]