To help plants and wildlife, Refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully consider any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.
Friends support of refuge conservation and restoration
The Friends regularly supports the Refuge’s efforts through volunteer and fund-raising activities. For example, the Friends helped with the Greenhead Slough Project, where a culvert removal opened fish passage to ten miles of stream for spawning and rearing salmon. The Friends obtained a grant of $373,524 from the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board to support the project. Restoration was completed in 2015 with the abandonment of the culvert, channel realignment, and installing a bridge over the new channel.
“…the Refuge faces many unique management challenges. While the refuge includes many pristine areas, it also includes lands where considerable restoration effort is needed. With the amazing diversity of habitats, from ocean sand dune beaches to the sheltered mudflats of the bay, from pristine old growth forests to open salt grass meadows, an equal diversity of conservation efforts must be employed. The Refuge is home to several threatened species and is trying to restore habitat for many others. Like many places, Willapa NWR is also coping with the threat of invasive species.