Meeting at the Refuge

Linking People Through Land and Water Trails

Refuges close to highly-populated areas provide the greatest opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences.

Presenters: Jean Akers, Senior Associate, Conservation Technix; Christopher Lapp, Refuge Manager, Ridgefield National Wildlife

Learn how Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is working with partners to improve access facilities to a diverse public while preserving its essential habitat values. The trail systems also provides connections between land and water trails to accommodate a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities while balancing the appropriate degree of access to a wildlife habitat area.

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