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The Desert Springs Action Committee, in conjunction with the Bay Area
Killifish Association, North American Native Fishes Association, and
others is happy to present their latest conservation field trip to the
During October 10-11 we will undertake conservation work at the Ash
Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, under supervision of US Fish and Wildlife
Our primary objective is the removal of non-native organisms including
damnbusia, mollies, largemouth bass, crayfish and bullfrogs. We will
likely also conduct some cattail removal from some springs so bring
gloves. There will be ample opportunity to see the native pupfishes and
dace close up. Please note however, no native fishes may be removed from
the refuge as all are fully protected by the Endangered Species Act.
We will be camping at the same locality as last year. Bathroom and shower
facilities will be available. Directions to our camp site are as follows.
If coming from the southern entrance, continue north up the dirt road for
about 2 miles where there will be a rusty metal gate on the right side of
the road. Turn right (east) through the gate with a sign saying "Service
Road Unauthorized Entry Prohibited." Continue on this road for about 3/4
mile to the trailer. Note, from the point where you enter the refuge from
the south there will be four other road junctions to the right prior to
the gated road to the refuge trailer, two of which also have the same
"Service Road" sign. The turn off to the trailer however, is the only one
which is gated.
If coming from the north, or entering through the west, or east (Devils
Hole) entrances: continue to the main "T" junction (where all the mail
boxes are) and turn south. Continue south for 1.0 mile to the "Y"
Junction. One branch of the Y continues due south, while the other angles
to the east. Stay straight, continuing south for another 1/2 mile. Turn
left (east) at the gate as described above.
Alternative accommodation is also available at the nearby Longstreet
Casino 1 800 508 9493, you should book early though. Ash Meadows is
located a few miles north of the CA-NV border on Hwy. 373 and is clearly
marked with signpost. A map is available at
http://www.pupfish.net/dsac/am_dsac_maps.htm. We will gather at the camp
site at 8 am on the 10th to organize activities.
DSAC will be coordinating the meal preparation with help from various old
hands. Cooking facilities will be provided, however you should bring your
own plates and eating utensils. Dinner Friday night will be provided for
a small fee to cover costs (please confirm that you want dinner to ensure
we have sufficient food ahead of time). You will be responsible for your
own breakfast and lunch.
Please inform us early if you wish to form, or need car pool information.
A very comprehensive web page of the work we do and past trips is located
Contact Peter Unmack <peter.unmack_at_asu.edu> if you need further
Thank you and we'll look forward to another great Ash Meadows trip.
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