Ridgefield NWR

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Excerpts from the US Fish & wildlife service site: "The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex comprises four Refuges in southwestern Washington State along the Columbia River. Pierce, Franz Lake, Steigerwald Lake, and Ridgefield. A once untamed Columbia River scoured the earth and spread rich soils along its edges and into its floodplain. Left behind was a mosaic of wetlands, riparian forests, sloughs and meadows, which sustained a diversity of plants, animals, and fish. Humans have thrived on the River's abundance for thousands of years.