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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a desert surprise, a network of spring-fed wetlands that is a hotbed for rare and endangered species. Some 24 plant and animal species live only at this 22,117-acre refuge. Ash Meadows’ four endangered native fishes include the Devils Hole Pupfish, whose range is restricted to a single natural pool. Like other pools in the area, it is fed by springs fueled by groundwater that fell as rain or snow thousands of years ago. After long years of agricultural use that heavily impacted the area and threatened the survival of the endemic species, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is now attempting to return the area to its natural state as much as possible; visitors can witness restoration activities in process.

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