Resource Management

Juvenile bighorn

Desert is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources an their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover, or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.   

At Corn Creek, active habitat restoration is taking place.  Refuge staff works hard to control non-native species and noxious weeds by planting native species that have been displaced.  

For bighorn sheep, the animal the refuge was established for, the aridity of the desert can be the most challenging aspect of their lives.  To increase sheep populations, springs have been improved and water catchments constructed to provide valuable water to sheep and other wildlife.  These actions significantly increase water supply and distribution on the refuge, helping increase bighorn populations, decrease competition for water and forage, and reduce vulnerability to predators and disease.   See pictures of animals enjoying this water in our Candid Wildlife Shots

For more information on the resource management being done at Desert, please see Conservation.