Desert National Wildlife Refuge
We must fight to protect the Largest desert Wilderness
What’s at stake
Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. It was established to protect desert bighorn sheep and today is an important wild space sitting just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Desert National Wildlife Refuge provides habitats for 320 bird species, 52 mammal species, 35 reptile species, and 4 amphibian species -- including endangered, threatened and special status species.
Some places are too important not to protect.
What’s the threat
Desert Refuge is a special place. Not only are 1.4 million acres of its 1.6 million total acres proposed as wilderness, but it contains 450 recorded prehistoric sites, with numerous petroglyphs and pictographs, as well as other sites culturally important to Native American tribes and organizations.
The Air Force wants to use it for target practice and blow it up.
The military has held joint administration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the western half of the Refuge since the 1940s -- airborne training exercises and wildlife have co-existed for generations. Now they want more.
The Air Force is attempting to take over most of the very sensitive habitat that remains within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge for expanded bombing exercises-- this would threaten wildlife and prehistoric sites and close the refuge to public access. We cannot let this happen.