The mission of the Gorge Refuge Stewards is to connect the regional community to the Gorge Refuges through partnership, public education, advocacy, and habitat restoration. We envision an engaged community that actively values natural areas.


We believe in the power of nature to teach, inspire, transform, enrich our lives, and feed our souls.  And that we carry a great responsibility to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore natural areas to keep them healthy and safe for future generations to experience. We believe in exploring while restoring and sharing our passion to protect nature with our family, friends, and community. 


We were founded in 2006 by Gay Leslie who had a vision and a desire to support the US Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to conserve wildlife on the 3 wildlife refuges on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Working closely with then Refuge Manager, Jim Clapp, Ms. Leslie convened a group of like-minded community members to volunteer their time as advocates for the Refuges, and thus the Refuge Stewards were born.  Now 12+ years later, the Refuge Stewards have grown and changed from a handful of dedicated Board members to an organization which hosts yearly events like the Youth Photo Contest, and EcoBlitz, supports hundreds of volunteers who have provided over 3000 hours of their time a year, and even hired our first employee, our Volunteer Coordinator, in 2015. 


Current Board Members

Randy Fortish, Co-President

Brette Greenwood-Wing, Co-President

Dave Miller, President-Elect

Dave Pinkernell, Past President

Rick Jones, Treasurer

Bruce McFadden, Secretary

Chris Chappell

Sherene Huntzinger

Larry Stryker



Refuge Stewards Staff

Jared Strawderman, Stewardship & Community Engagement Coordinator


Committee Chairs

Sherene Huntzinger - Business Committee

Jared Strawderman - Community Connections Committee

Jared Strawderman - Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion

Brette Greenwood-Wing & Randy Fortish- Executive Committee 

Dave Pinkernell - Governance Committee

Dave Miller - Habitat Committee


Partnerships

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Friends of Ridgefield NWR

Friends of Tualatin NWR

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

The Intertwine Alliance

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

The mission of the Gorge Refuge Stewards is to preserve and enhance the native species of Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce National Wildlife Refuges through public education, advocacy and habitat restoration.


We believe in the power of nature to teach, inspire, transform, enrich our lives, and feed our souls.  And that we carry a great responsibility to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore natural areas to keep them healthy and safe for future generations to experience. We believe in exploring while restoring and sharing our passion to protect nature with our family, friends, and community. 


We were founded in 2006 by Gay Leslie who had a vision and a desire to support the US Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to conserve wildlife on the 3 wildlife refuges on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Working closely with then Refuge Manager, Jim Clapp, Ms. Leslie convened a group of like-minded community members to volunteer their time as advocates for the Refuges, and thus the Refuge Stewards were born.  Now 12+ years later, the Refuge Stewards have grown and changed from a handful of dedicated Board members to an organization which hosts yearly events like the Youth Photo Contest, and EcoBlitz, supports hundreds of volunteers who have provided over 3000 hours of their time a year, and even hired our first employee, our Volunteer Coordinator, in 2015. 


Current Board Members

Randy Fortish, Co-President

Brette Greenwood-Wing, Co-President

Dave Miller, President-Elect

Dave Pinkernell, Past President

Rick Jones, Treasurer

Bruce McFadden, Secretary

Chris Chappell

Sherene Huntzinger

Larry Stryker



Refuge Stewards Staff

Jared Strawderman, Stewardship & Community Engagement Coordinator


Committee Chairs

Sherene Huntzinger - Business Committee

Jared Strawderman - Community Connections Committee

Jared Strawderman - Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion

Brette Greenwood-Wing & Randy Fortish- Executive Committee 

Dave Pinkernell - Governance Committee

Dave Miller - Habitat Committee


Partnerships

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Friends of Ridgefield NWR

Friends of Tualatin NWR

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

The Intertwine Alliance

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge