To support the development and management of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. We are dedicated to restoring and protecting Refuge habitats as well as providing wildlife dependent education and recreation.
Friends of the Refuge is capitalizing on the unique opportunity presented by the presence of a wildlife refuge in an urban area. Having a highly functioning natural area in the midst of an urban setting improves the quality of life for all the region’s residents. The Friends see this as an incredible opportunity for local residents, students and visitors to observe wildlife without driving very far, or, without driving at all. The Friends aspire to make the Refuge an iconic urban refuge of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as well as an icon of the Metropolitan Portland area greenspaces. Within this vision, the Friends support the development of the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge and its programs in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, advocating for additional lands within Refuge management within the acquisition boundary, and to expand refuge educational and restoration programs commensurate with their growth in organizational capacity. The Friends envision the Refuge as a destination for visitors from across the Northwest and indeed, as a model for the entire National Wildlife Refuge system.
The Friends will build a large cadre of members, supporters, donors and volunteers who are committed to growing, restoring, protecting and educating the public about the Refuge’s multiple units, in Sherwood and Gaston. Such supporters and advocates would be organized by a growing number of volunteers as well as a small but growing staff