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Service Helps Recover At-Risk Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Nevada

Apr 24, 2014

Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542
pamela_bierce@fws.gov  

Service Helps Recover At-Risk Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Nevada
Total of $5.8 M distributed to 17 projects in 15 U.S. States and Territories

Sacramento:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Cooperative Recovery Initiative, is committing $5.8 million this year to 17 projects for recovery of some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges. Two projects in Nevada will receive almost $889,000 of these funds.

“The Cooperative Recovery Initiative capitalizes on the hands-on conservation expertise that is characteristic of our National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “By focusing on efforts already underway at these sites, and working across programs to fund these efforts, we maximize our conservation impact and greatly boost the odds of success for the species in greatest need.”

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive funding for recovery of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish and the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office for the endangered Moapa dace.

Boosting Population of Devils Hole Pupfish-$152,750
The project goal is to establish and maintain two captive populations of Devils Hole pupfish at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility. A team will manage 1,100 fish in two areas of this state-of-the-art facility for long-term protection of refuge populations. The Devils Hole pupfish is nearly extinct in the wild because groundwater is scarce and the fish range is extremely limited. Two refuge populations must be established and maintained for the Service to propose downlisting the species.

Removing Barriers to Moapa Dace-$735,926
Removal of fish barriers in the Warm Springs area will give Moapa dace access to their entire natural range, including important breeding habitat that is now unavailable. This should allow Moapa dace to grow larger, live longer and produce more offspring. Now that the non-native blue tilapia has been eradicated from the Warm Springs area, reconnecting migration corridors for the Moapa dace should help recovery of the dace.

The Cooperative Recovery Initiative was established in 2013 to restore and recover federally listed species on near national wildlife refuges and surrounding lands. It combines the resources of many Service programs to complete critical on-the-ground conservation projects that provide the greatest conservation benefits to the country’s most imperiled species.

The National Wildlife Refuge System protects wildlife and wildlife habitat on more than 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. Refuges also improve human health, provide outdoor recreation and support local economies. Visit our home page at www.fws.gov/refuges. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Editors: photos to support this story are available at: Devils Hole pupfish and Moapa dace