Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located on the Nisqually River Delta approximately 8 miles northeast of Olympia, Washington. The various habitats for fish and wildlife include salt marsh, mud flats, freshwater marshes, estuary, mixed foretss, and riparian forests.


The Nisqually NWR was created in February 1974 to protect the delta and the fish and wildlife habitats. In total, 1,285 acres of diked grasslands, freshwater marshes, and tidelands were initially purchased with funds approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, receiving most of its funding from the sale of Duck Stamps. Other funding sources included appropriations authorized by the Wetlands Loan Act, import duties collected on arms and ammunition, and receipts from the sale of the Refuge admission permits. It was established with the purpose "for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds" (16 U.S.C. ss 715d, Migratory Bird Conservation Act).


Nisqually Refuge Restoration