Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, biological, fire, and visitor services staff are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
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