Help search for and remove the invasive ricefield bulrush (Scirpus mucronatus) from wetlands. This invasive sedge is threatening wetlands on the refuge by competing with native plants that wildlife need for food and shelter. Due to volunteer efforts, the amount of ricefield bulrush at the refuge has dramatically reduced over the last 10 years. Come be a part of this downward trend and remove ricefield bulrush from the Pacific Northwest! Easy to remove and fun to search for, let's get this plant out of its only known NW location!
*Depending on conditions these work party days may include the removal of yellow-flag iris or other targeted invasive plants.
All work days are Wednesday and Saturday from 9AM - 12:30PM; rain or shine. Bring rubber boots and dress for the weather. Meet by the visitor kiosk in the River 'S' Unit. Gloves, tools, snacks, and drinks will be provided to keep you fueled up and restoration ready.
Event dates by month: June 23, 27, and 30. July 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28. August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29. September 1st
Work parties are sponsered by the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 along with 3 other refuges in the Southwest Washington State, to secure vital winter habitat for Dusky Canada geese and other wintering waterfowl. With subsequent changes to nesting habitat and reduction in dusky populations following the violent earthquake of 1964 in Alaska, the need for secure wintering habitat became even more important.
Currently, Ridgefield NWR has a total of 5,218 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands. Preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain is the management objective of the Carty (2-mile self-guided hiking trail), Roth, and Ridgeport Dairy units. The River 'S' (4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.2 mile seasonal hiking trail) and Bachelor Island units are managed to maximize habitat for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.