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Ash Meadows

Refuge Objectives

  • Restore and eventually delist endangered plant and animal populations on the refuge.
  • Restore wetland and desert upland habitats to what was found on the refuge over 100 years ago.
  • Provide habitat for other migrating and resident wildlife.
  • Provide wildlife oriented recreation.
  • Provide interpretive and environmental education opportunities.

    Restoration

    The refuge is currently in the habitat restoration stage and will likely remain so for years to come. The overall goal of the refuge and its Recovery Plan for threatened and endangered species is to restore the area to its natural historic condition. This will involve re-directing spring outflows back into former natural channels, restoring wetlands, removing non-native species (particularly saltcedar, bass, tropical fish, and crayfish), restoring native riparian and upland vegetation, and removing unnecessary structures such as roads, fences, and power lines. Increasing public knowledge and understanding through environmental education and wildlife-related recreational opportunities, Ash Meadows will once again be a wetland flourishing with endemic plant and animal life.



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