SEEKING COMMENTS following community presentations

SEEKING COMMENTS following community presentations

The first two community engagement sessions are complete (the third will be scheduled soon), and the attached slides are what were shared and discussed with the second group.

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Whether you attended or this is the first time you are being exposed to this information, we welcome your feedback. Please utilize the comments section below to share your thoughts. Contact us if you have questions or would like any additional information. Thank you!

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Information about the first community meeting

Information about the first community meeting

“Where Community and Nature Come Together”
at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in Long Beach, Washington

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge encompasses diverse salt marshes, muddy tideflats, rain‑drenched old growth forests, and dynamic coastal dunes and beaches.

It is also rich in wildlife and recreation opportunities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge invite you to contribute your ideas to design a new Natural Resource Center for our community.

We are seeking input from you to help meet our goals to:

  • Create a modern accessible refuge center
  • Inspire education both indoors and outdoors
  • Expand trail connections and systems
  • Showcase the refuge’s uniqueness
  • Create community space
  • Address essential emergency needs earthquake/tsunami
    assembly area

WE INVITE YOU to join us for the first of three community meetings to provide input on the new Natural Resource Center.

Who:
Those interested in contributing your ideas

When:
Thursday, March 16, 2017; 5-7 p.m.

Where:
Pacific Coast Cranberry Museum
2907 Pioneer Rd.
Long Beach, WA 98631

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What will the new Natural Resource Center provide?

What will the new Natural Resource Center provide?

ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  • NEW LOCATION makes the Refuge accessible to the community and visitors
  • MAJOR tourist destination
  • Increase of VISITORS to 200,000 annually
  • ECONOMIC IMPACT of refuge recreation activities estimated at $2.2 million/year

COMMUNITY BENEFITS:

  • Accessible hiking trails with EVENTUAL CONNECTION to the Discovery Trail, and STATE and NATIONAL PARKS
  • Large space FOR EVENTS – seating over 150
  • Essential emergency ASSEMBLY area for earthquakes/tsunamis
  • Resource-efficient building aiming to be LEED-CERTIFIED

EDUCATION BENEFITS:

  • Large space indoors and outdoors for LECTURES, MEETINGS, and EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
  • NATURE, art, and history exhibits
  • Promotion of our UNIQUE natural and cultural history
  • Nature exploration and play areas
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