This Fund was established to raise capital for the Friends' spaces in a new headquarters building. The present office building is more than 70 years old and in poor condition, with no room for the Friends group or its activities. Plans for a new office are being developed; more information will be available soon.
The new building will be energy efficient and durable, designed with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design) standards. It will include offices and meeting spaces for the Friends, and for refuge events. Universal access will be a core design concept, inside and out. There will be trails and native pollinator plantings. Landscaping will feature native plant species. More details will be available soon.
Throughout its history, this refuge has had a close and positive relationship with the communities of the South Coast of Washington. The current opportunity to help build a new headquarters campus builds on those decades of relationships.
The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting refuge programs and enhancing awareness and appreciation of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Come explore the unique and beautiful wildlife areas in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties that make up this refuge complex.
Friends programs include environmental education, restoration activities, trail maintenance, scholarships and community outreach.These programs are supported by volunteers.
All fourth grade students in Pacific County have classroom visits and field trips to local refuge units for environmental education.
Friends' members contribute to weekly Willapa Nature Notes, which are broadcast twice weekly on KMUN, 91.9, Astoria, Oregon. For more information click here.
A recent restoration project replaced an old undersized tide gate at Greenhead Slough on Highway 101, just east of Bear River. This reopened several hundred acres of former saltwater marsh to full hydrology, and improved fish passage to several streams. Chum and Coho salmon returned to these streams in 2016.
Friends volunteers also maintain several miles of trails around Willapa Bay, including Long Island, Leadbetter Point and along Headquarters Stream.
The Friends have a scholarship for graduating seniors in environmental education. For more information click here.