Save The Desert National Wildlife Refuge #DontBombTheBighorn

Save The Desert National Wildlife Refuge #DontBombTheBighorn

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The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, located just 25 miles north of Las Vegas, was created in 1936 to protect and preserve bighorn sheep habitat. Today, The Desert Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states.

Unfortunately, the Air Force has released their proposal to remove nearly 300,000 acres from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and add a cirtical area of the refuge to the 2.9 million acre Nevada Testing and Training Range. This proposed land withdrawal would cut off Alamo Road, a historic trail connecting Las Vegas to Alamo, Nevada, and the northest ...

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, located just 25 miles north of Las Vegas, was created in 1936 to protect and preserve bighorn sheep habitat. Today, The Desert Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states.

Unfortunately, the Air Force has released their proposal to remove nearly 300,000 acres from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and add a cirtical area of the refuge to the 2.9 million acre Nevada Testing and Training Range. This proposed land withdrawal would cut off Alamo Road, a historic trail connecting Las Vegas to Alamo, Nevada, and the northest section of the Desert Refuge which joins the refuge to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. The Broader Sheep Range Proposed Wilderness is home to the largest population of bighorn sheep, Nevada's state animal, and would become part of bombing exercises if we allow this land withdrawal to occur.

Please stand with us today and sign our petition to the Nevada Congressional Delegates telling them to leave the Desert National Wildlife Refuge intact! This may be the only chance we have to Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Let's make sure the Air Force hears #DontBombTheBighorn loud and clear!!

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#DontBombTheBighorn

Our goal is to unite voices for the cause of Saving the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The Air Force's proposed 300,000 acre land withdrawal that would potentially annex a critical part of the Desert Refuge that includes Alamo Road and its connection with Paranaghat National Wildlife Refuge, a dry lake, sand dunes, petroglyphs, historic cattle corrals, wildlife habitat and proposed Wilderness including the Broader Sheep Range Complex, home ...

Our goal is to unite voices for the cause of Saving the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The Air Force's proposed 300,000 acre land withdrawal that would potentially annex a critical part of the Desert Refuge that includes Alamo Road and its connection with Paranaghat National Wildlife Refuge, a dry lake, sand dunes, petroglyphs, historic cattle corrals, wildlife habitat and proposed Wilderness including the Broader Sheep Range Complex, home to many bighorn sheep, must be stopped! Together we can take a stand and make sure the Desert National Wildlife Refuge stays protected and intact!

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Dear Nevada Congressional Delegation,

Designated in 1936 to provide habitat and protection for desert bighorn sheep, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest refuge in the contiguous United States. Encompassing six major mountain ranges and nearly 1.6 million acres in Nevada, it provides the highest quality, intact habitat for desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife that depend on the Great Basin and Mojave Desert ecosystems. Also, 70% of the Desert Refuge is proposed for Wilderness by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is not only a refuge for wildlife but also a refuge from people who enjoy sitting in a quiet landscape, exploring canyons, playing on sand dunes or enjoying a long scenic drive with their family.

I am writing to you today to express my concerns on the current military expansion and withdrawal proposals in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge from the Nevada Test and Training Range. The currently proposed military expansion would irreparably destroy 1.2 million acres of these Wilderness-quality landscapes, threaten the wildlife populations that thrive in them, and shut out the public from areas that have historically been used for outdoor recreation.

I am in favor of Alternative 1 of the Legislative Environmental Impact Statement which would allow our armed forces to train on the range as it is today. I am not in favor ofAlternative 2 which would transfer primary jurisdiction from the US Fish & Wildlife Service or Alternative 3 or any of its sub-alternates which would result in a net expansion of the NTTR.

In addition, I would like to see that all of the proposed Wilderness outside of the current NTTR boundaries be designated as Wilderness and to continue to provide for public access.

Overall, this landscape is an ecologically rich and a vast complex of wild public lands for wildlife, cultural sites, and outdoor recreation. The Desert Refuge was created specifically to protect the habitat of the desert bighorn. We need to ensure the Desert Refuge's objective is not disregarded.

Thank you.

cc: Nevada Congressional Delegation