Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is administered by the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Ventura, California,

Refuge Facts:

  • Established in 1982 as a refuge in the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC). In 2000 Kern NWRC transferred the management of the Refuge over to the Hopper Mountain NWRC
  • Acres: 897 acres.
  • Location: Tulare County, California; approximately 11 miles north of Springville and 17. 5 miles northeast of Porterville.

Natural History:

  • Three vegetation types occur on Blue Ridge; coniferous forest, chaparral, and woodland-savannah. The Foothill Woodland plant community consists of dense or open woodland with scattered brush and grassland between the trees. Some of the plant species common to this community include: blue oak, Sierra live oak, common buck-brush, California laurel, California buck-eye, and several species of grasses. Chaparral is the most common plant community on Blue Ridge, with riparian corridors distributed throughout the topography. Species within the Yellow Pine Forest community include: ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, black oak, white fir, mountain misery, deerbrush, Sierra gooseberry, and Indian Manzanita.
  • The Blue Ridge area supports a variety of wildlife. Birds include mountain quail, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeon, great horned owl, White-headed woodpecker, Steller’s jay, mountain chickadee, white breasted nuthatches, and Townsend’s solitaire. Mammals include mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, red and gray foxes, striped skunk, porcupine, mountain cottontail, Douglas squirrel (chickeree), western gray squirrel, and yellow pine chipmunk.

Refuge Objectives:

  • The refuge was established to protect critical habitat for the endangered California condor. The property was declared critical habitat on the basis of its importance as a traditional roosting area for condors. It also serves to complement the condor’s historical foraging area known generally as the “foothill foraging zone,” which begins around Glenville and the Greenhorn Mountains and spreads north into central Tulare County.

Management Tools:

  • Fire Management.
  • As California condors return to the area more active management may be pursued at the Refuge. Wild condor AC9, released in May 2002 after 14 years in captivity, was recently tracked to the Refuge via satellite transmitter.

Public Use Opportunities:

The Refuge is closed to the public to protect critical habitat for California condors and to limit disturbance to condors in the area.

Contact Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

Dan Tappe
Wildlife Refuge Manager
PO Box 5839
Ventura, California  93005
Phone: (805) 644-5185
Fax: (805) 644-1732


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Tulare County, California

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