SNWR late Fall

Stillwater refuge is managed under several plans and acts. Any project done on the refuge has to fall within the guidelines of a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and compatible use. One research project started in 2016 is the milkweed and monarch butterfly monitoring project.

  • Review the Draft Hunt Plan

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    The Draft Hunt Plan, Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determinations for hunting on Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge will be available to the public and interested agencies for a public review consistent with the publication of the draft 2020-2021 Refuge Specific Regulations for Hunting and Fishing on

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  • Milkweed and Monarch Monitoring

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    Very little is known in Nevada about the multi-generational Western population of monarch butterflies. A comprehensive study is underway at selected sites on and off Stillwater NWR to help fill these data gaps. Community 'Citizen Scientists' and the refuge summer Youth Conservation Corps work with refuge staff to count milkweed plants, observe and record monarch life stages, test for parasite infestation and tag adult butterflies.  

    Data collected is uploaded to the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North and the Southwest Monarch Study. Indications are four generations of monarchs may occur in our area.  The majority of the fourth, or 'super generation', migrates in October-November to coastal California, but a few may make the 2000 mile journey to Mexico where the larger U.S. population of monarchs spend the winter.  After roosting several months, they will return to Nevada in spring to the new first generation of monarchs. 

    Maybe one of our tagged Nevada adult butterflies will been observed and reported from a winter roost!

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for up to 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well. 

    The Stillwater NWR Complex CCP was one of the first to be written for the Pacific Region in 2002, and will be considered for revision in the next few years.  Public input will be critical to ensure a viable future for this Refuge Complex.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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