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Herrera Beutler Applauds Federal Funding for Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

Over $5.9 million in federal funding included in congressional committee-approved spending plan

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today announced she helped secure the inclusion of $5.96 million in federal funding for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Community and Nature Center in the FY 23 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Appropriations bill advanced by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

Earlier this year, Herrera Beutler pressed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to continue their commitment to fund the Wildlife Refuge project to help keep the project on track with its five-year plan. Last year, she was successful in advocating for over $6 million in the FY 22 budget.

With these funds now included in the FY 23 budget, the Wildlife Refuge is set to complete its goal of upgrading and expanding facilities essential to its operations, which will enhance the visitor experience and support the local economy.

“The Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge has long provided recreational opportunities for Southwest Washington residents and an economic boost for local businesses, thanks to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who visit the Refuge each year. With this spending plan I helped write that’s now advancing through Congress, the Refuge will be able to significantly enhance that experience for visitors,” Herrera Beutler said.   

“The City of Ridgefield is so pleased to hear that the funding for the Community & Nature Center at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge is moving forward. Not only will the new building offer educational opportunities for our community, but it will also provide increased tourism to help support our local businesses. This project has been a long-time goal of Ridgefield, and none of this progress would be possible without the advocacy of Congresswoman Herrera Beutler. The City appreciates her championing this project over the years, and her recent efforts to secure the funding,” Ridgefield Mayor Jennifer Lindsay said.