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.

Those interested in contributing your ideas

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

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?


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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