In passing the Endangered Species act, Congress recognized that threatened and endangered plants and wildlife have educational, scientific, historical, and aesthetic values and should thus be preserved as part of the nation's natural heritage. As a result of this legislation, the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge was created. It is closed to the public and serves as a shelter for many desert species.

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      Established in 1985 as part of the Coachella Valley Preserve, the Refuge serves as a sanctuary for the rare Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and many other desert dwelling species. This lizard, federally listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, is not found any where else in the world.

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      The Coachella Valley dunes are home to the endangered Coachella Valley milkvetch and Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard.