Volunteer Manual

Each year volunteers are required to read the manual and agree to the policies.  Within the manual there is great information about Refuges, the management of our particular Refuges, as well as information to keep you safe and set expectations so that you enjoy your time supporting our local public lands.


Invasive Plants

Learn about Best Management Practices for common invasive plants in the Columbia River Gorge from the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area: Invasive Plant List


Links from weekly Volunteer Check-ins:


6/16/20:

Learning

-OMSI Ecology of Old Growth Forests Virtual event Tuesday 6/16 6:30-8:30pm: How to watch the event: Visit Facebook or Youtube 

-Jun 17, 2020 6:00pm: Systemic Racism in Outdoor and Urban Spaces. How Do We Move Forward? Oregon Wild is honored to host a conversation between Chad Brown of Portland based Soul River, James Mills of The Joy Trip Project, and Sharon Ross of Afrovivalist, and Richard Thornton of Patagonia. Please join us for this frank and unscripted conversation on race, the outdoors, and more.

-Another round of Watershed Stewardship training will be hosted by the Clark Conservation District online! They will be Wednesday nights from 7-8pm starting on June 24th.  Sign up for the zoom trainings here. Attend all 5 session (Clark County and its Watersheds, Surface and Groundwater, Plants, Fish and Wildlife, Policies, Regulations and Conservation Easements) to become a Watershed Steward!


Updates

-On the ground Steigerwald updates on the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Facebook page. Most recently they reported contractors have removed all of the Wildlife Art that was along the trail and put in storage. 

-Reminder the Dike trail is open all the way to the James Ranch gate until July 6th.  Then it will close from the furthest east parking lot on Index Street to the ranch gate.

-Carty Unit at Ridgefield NWR is open and a colt (baby sandhill crane) has been spotted by staff at the crane nest off the CLOSED Kiwa Trail.


Thought Provoking

Check out this conversation with the Refuge Manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, Lamar Gore. Lamar shared his thoughts regarding the crossroads between conservation and recent events, and provided some context through his own experiences as a conservationist and biologist. If you have further questions, he encouraged people to direct message or comment on the John Heinz Facebook page.

Opinion on #Blackouttuesday and know that being an Ally to POC takes work and it is OK to make a mistake. Just acknowledge your mistake and move forward. "This is about continually learning and seeking out the best, most effective solutions to these systemic problems."

Dear White People, This is What We Want You To Do


Fun

-Join the Friends of Ridgefield tomorrow at 7am on their Facebook Page for Take a Walk Tuesday

-Travel photographer turned miniature landscape photographer: https://www.instagram.com/erinoutdoors/

-Recent Cornell Lab of Ornithology newsletter that highlights feeding birds during the summer and much more.

-Homebound Hiking Workout: Ideas for Staying Trail-Ready : Yes I put exercise in the "Fun" category!


We'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered with us!  The work you do is invaluable and we are so thankful that you have chosen to donate your time with us here at the Gorge Refuges. Click here to see more photos of volunteers in action! 

Volunteer Manual

Each year volunteers are required to read the manual and agree to the policies.  Within the manual there is great information about Refuges, the management of our particular Refuges, as well as information to keep you safe and set expectations so that you enjoy your time supporting our local public lands.

Invasive Plants

Learn about Best Management Practices for common invasive plants in the Columbia River Gorge from the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area: Invasive Plant List

6/16/20:

Learning

-OMSI Ecology of Old Growth Forests Virtual event Tuesday 6/16 6:30-8:30pm: How to watch the event: Visit Facebook or Youtube 

-Jun 17, 2020 6:00pm: Systemic Racism in Outdoor and Urban Spaces. How Do We Move Forward? Oregon Wild is honored to host a conversation between Chad Brown of Portland based Soul River, James Mills of The Joy Trip Project, and Sharon Ross of Afrovivalist, and Richard Thornton of Patagonia. Please join us for this frank and unscripted conversation on race, the outdoors, and more.

-Another round of Watershed Stewardship training will be hosted by the Clark Conservation District online! They will be Wednesday nights from 7-8pm starting on June 24th.  Sign up for the zoom trainings here. Attend all 5 session (Clark County and its Watersheds, Surface and Groundwater, Plants, Fish and Wildlife, Policies, Regulations and Conservation Easements) to become a Watershed Steward!

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Updates

-On the ground Steigerwald updates on the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Facebook page. Most recently they reported contractors have removed all of the Wildlife Art that was along the trail and put in storage. 

-Reminder the Dike trail is open all the way to the James Ranch gate until July 6th.  Then it will close from the furthest east parking lot on Index Street to the ranch gate.

-Carty Unit at Ridgefield NWR is open and a colt (baby sandhill crane) has been spotted by staff at the crane nest off the CLOSED Kiwa Trail.


Thought Provoking

Check out this conversation with the Refuge Manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, Lamar Gore. Lamar shared his thoughts regarding the crossroads between conservation and recent events, and provided some context through his own experiences as a conservationist and biologist. If you have further questions, he encouraged people to direct message or comment on the John Heinz Facebook page.

Opinion on #Blackouttuesday and know that being an Ally to POC takes work and it is OK to make a mistake. Just acknowledge your mistake and move forward. "This is about continually learning and seeking out the best, most effective solutions to these systemic problems."

Dear White People, This is What We Want You To Do


Fun

-Join the Friends of Ridgefield tomorrow at 7am on their Facebook Page for Take a Walk Tuesday

-Travel photographer turned miniature landscape photographer: https://www.instagram.com/erinoutdoors/

-Recent Cornell Lab of Ornithology newsletter that highlights feeding birds during the summer and much more.

-Homebound Hiking Workout: Ideas for Staying Trail-Ready : Yes I put exercise in the "Fun" category!


We'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered with us!  The work you do is invaluable and we are so thankful that you have chosen to donate your time with us here at the Gorge Refuges. Click here to see more photos of volunteers in action!