About Us

The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge was officially recognized on July 20, 2000.  We are an independent, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of the natural resources of the refuge, fostering public understanding and appreciation of the refuge, and engaging in activities that will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to meet its mandates.

We support the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in their mission to restore, enhance, protect and conserve the wildlife and its environment while providing educational opportunities, increasing public awareness, involvement, appreciation and enjoyment of the Refuge.

To provide assistance to Refuge programs and to enhance awareness and appreciation of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

To provide education and awareness programs for elementary, middle, and high school students and for adults of all ages.

The Friends help to provide a regionally-recognized 4th grade (elementary) wildlife and conservation curriculum, offer the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Education and Design program to students K-12, and offer scholarships to graduating 12th grade (high school) seniors intending to pursue advanced education in natural resources or conservation fields.  Adult education and outreach programs are offered to the general public.

To support the operating activities of the Refuge.
Specific projects requiring Friends attention include trail maintenance, habitat restoration, threatened and endangered species inventory and monitoring projects, and supplemental administrative and operational support for Refuge staff.

To advocate issues supporting the Refuge.
The Willapa Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) outlines the plans of the Refuge for the next fifteen years. The CCP includes plans for continued habitat restoration, public outreach, and a new office / visitors center.

To establish and maintain programs for recruiting new and retaining existing members.
Increasing overall memberships is a priority for sustainability and viability of the Friends organization.


Charlie Pelizza

Vice President

Kitt Fleming

Sylvia Pelizza

David Campiche

Karen Strege

Pat Welle

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Monthly Board Meeting minutes available upon request. Email us at info[at]friendsofwillaparefuge.org