Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, on Highway 101 across from Long Island, is at the end of its life cycle and impacts our natural resources. The building is structurally failing, has no potable water, has insufficient utilities and communications, and is energy inefficient. It is also isolated from the community and uninviting to the 1.5 million visitors that come to Pacific County annually. The Refuge will be moving its office to Long Beach. We want YOU to help us make the most of this opportunity. IMAGINE a new Natural Resource Center that meets the needs of the Refuge and OUR community!


Our vision is to create:

  • A modern, accessible refuge center
  • Inspiring education space – outdoor and indoor
  • Expanded trail system – additions and improvements
  • Dramatic nature elements showcasing Willapa’s uniqueness
  • Large community event/meeting space – seating for over 150
  • Essential emergency assembly area – earthquake/tsunami


As part of the planning process, the public and potential community partners are asked to participate.
This can include attendance in public meetings and/or input on this website. It also includes identifying partners with an equity stake in the development and residence of the facility. This site will help disseminate information about the community, announce event times and locations, and will serve as a platform for submitting ideas and feedback about the project. We want to hear from you!