[RML] Re: NANFA-- Ash Meadows Conservaton Trip OCT 1999

D. Martin Moore (archimedes at master.localink4.com)
Thu, 29 Jul 1999 22:47:59 -0500

Date sent: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 18:36:31 -0700 (MST)
From: peter.unmack at asu.edu
Subject: NANFA-- Ash Meadows Conservaton Trip OCT 1999
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> From: James Lawson <jelawson at ix.netcom.com>
> G'day Desert Conservationists
> Please feel free to reproduce the announcement and post to other networks.
> Desert Springs Action Committee, Martinez, California
> Ash Meadows Work Party - OCT. 8-10, 1999
> The Desert Springs Action Committee, in conjunction with the Bay Area
> Killifish Association, Northern Californian Killifish Club, North American
> Native Fishes Association, and others is happy to presents their latest
> conservation field trip to the Nevada desert.
> During October 8-10 we will be undertaking conservation work at the Ash
> Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, under supervision of US Fish and Wildlife
> Service staff.
> Ash Meadows, Nevada is a very special place. It has a higher number of
> endemic species for its given area than any other place in the United
> States. This is primarily due to the presence of permanent freshwater
> springs that allow life to flourish in the desert. Ash Meadows was also
> the site of one of the longest environmental battles in North America,
> (1967-1984). For a considerable time the area was threatened by ranchers
> who diverted spring outflows and pumped excessive quantities of ground
> water for irrigation, threatening the continued existence of the springs.
> The next principal impact was a proposed desert city that would have also
> required large quantities of ground water. As a combined result of these
> impacts one fish species is extinct, and the remainder are currently
> listed as Endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today
> the area is a National Wildlife Refuge and despite it's current protective
> status, problems still regularly occur, i.e. exotic fish species are still
> introduced into springs threatening native aquatic fauna.
> 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 fish may be removed from the
> refuge as all are fully protected by the Endangered Species Act.
> We will be camping at the refuge headquarters, however, alternative
> accommodation is also available at the nearby Longstreet Casino 1 800 508
> 9493. 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 on the
> web at http://www.tkphotos.com/ashmed/amapa.htm. We will gather at the
> refuge office at 8 am on the 8th to organize activities.
> DSAC will be coordinating the meal preparation with help from various old
> hands. Bring personal eating utensils and special dietary needs, i.e.
> sweet n low, canned tuna, Doritos chips. Our stay out there will be
> similar to a pot luck sharing both in clean up (K/P duty) and items like
> chips, snacks, and fresh fruit (bring extra to share). The Desert Springs
> Action Committee, however, will provide the main stay of our foods. A $24
> stipend towards the food is requested in advance and covers a two-day menu
> with a special BAR-B-QUE Friday night. Participants who wish to come for
> the Bar-B-Que only will be charged $12.00, in advance.
> 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
> at http://www.tkphotos.com/dsac
> Contact Peter Unmack <peter.unmack at asu.edu>, 480 965 1578 or Jim Lawson,
> 802 Arlington Way, Martinez CA 94553, <jelawson at ix.netcom.com>, 925 335
> 9346 for further information, maps, and required registrations forms
> (cancelled check). The non-refundable stipend is due September 15, 1999.
> Please make checks payable to Jim Lawson at the above address.
> Thank you all for you time in this matter and I look forward to another
> great Ash Meadows weekend.
> J.E.L.
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