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Jaime Herrera Beutler Secures Funding for New Ridgefield Refuge Community and Nature Center

New visitor center will enhance public access to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

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Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement that it will designate $5.252 million for construction of a new community and nature center in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Herrera Beutler has been working closely with the agency to prioritize the project, as well as appropriating strong funding for the agency’s maintenance account.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement that it will designate $5.252 million for construction of a new community and nature center in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Herrera Beutler has been working closely with the agency to prioritize the project, as well as appropriating strong funding for the agency’s maintenance account.

Now that the funding is secured, construction can begin on the center that will enhance the experience of the 160,000 visitors to the refuge each year.

“Today, Ridgefield residents, and all of us who live nearby and love experiencing nature, can celebrate this milestone toward making the new Community and Nature Center a reality. I’ve enjoyed working with Senator Murray, the city of Ridgefield and countless invested stakeholders to put these resources in place so that construction can begin, and I can’t wait to see the final facility. I have no doubt this new center will improve the public’s experience when they come here to discover the wildlife and native culture of this beautiful region,” Herrera Beutler said.

“On behalf of the City of Ridgefield, I want to thank Senator Murray and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for their tireless efforts in support of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of hard work and commitment by the City of Ridgefield, Friends of the Refuge, and countless others in the community. We are all truly excited for a world-class Community and Nature Center to appropriately welcome people to the natural beauty of Ridgefield’s National Wildlife Refuge,” Mayor Don Stose said.

The USFWS designated the $5.252 million for construction of the Community and Nature Center from the Fiscal Year 2019 deferred maintenance account. The USFWS plans to replace the current office trailer and four buildings with a brand new single, multi-purpose building that includes new parking and roadway access to the refuge for visitors.

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