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Send Comments Immediately About Water Developments In Mohave National Preserve

by Randy Gibbs

Apr 18, 2018

Mojave National Preserve wildlife needs help as feds want to reduce the number of man-made water developments in the desert.

Take action now! Comments are due by midnight, April 19, 2018.

The National Park Service (NPS) wants to adopt a plan for the Mojave National Preserve that will reduce the number of man-made water developments available for all desert wildlife, including ones that can be hunted on in the Preserve.

It is important that all hunters and conservationists make it clear that the NPS needs to restore, maintain and install water developments rather than let them fall into disrepair and/or remove them. Send an email TODAY to the NPS to let them know why their plan won’t work.

Here are points to consider including comments to NPS:

  • The National Park Service has a legal obligation to conserve the wildlife living on the Mojave National Preserve. Eliminating the artificial water sources would violate that obligation.
  • Natural water is scarce in the desert area of the Mojave National Preserve and man-made supplemental water sources help ensure that wildlife have consistent sources of water, even in times of drought.
  • All types of desert wildlife use artificial water sources, including mule deer, sheep, birds, bats, etc.
  • The National Park Service’s Plan admits uncertainty about the extent to which desert wildlife rely on artificial water developments for their survival. This uncertainty should cause the NPS to protect, restore and install artificial sources of water, rather than remove or disregard them.
  • Even in the designated Wilderness areas of the Mojave National Preserve, the intrusions required for well-maintained man-made water sources are preferable to the unsightly presence of unusable drinkers, guzzlers, etc. that have fallen into disrepair due to lack of maintenance.
  • Man’s presence and activities near the Mojave National Preserve altered the landscape and the availability of water for desert wildlife. Artificial water developments help the habitat function for wildlife as it did before man intervened.
  • Any obligation to maintain designated Wilderness areas as if they are relatively “untrammeled by man” does not allow the NPS to deprive desert wildlife of necessary water.
  • The National Park Service should not remove artificial water sources or let those water developments fall into disrepair without concrete proof that the waters pose a hazard to the Mojave National Preserve’s wildlife.
  • The National Park Service should encourage rather than pose obstacles to volunteers from the hunting community who wish to restore and repair man-made water sources, including those in designated Wilderness areas.

DO NOT simply cut and paste this list into comments. Form letters get minimal attention from federal agencies like the National Park Service. Make comments personal. Select a few points and add personal perspectives to comments. Comment by using this link:

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=86685

or send letters to

Superintendent
Attention: Water Resources Management Plan
Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Make sure to comment no later than midnight, April 19.