For your information – construction at Corn Creek, Desert National Wildlife Refuge

—–Original Message—– Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 22:15 Wildlife Refuge

Here is a news release regarding construction happening at Corn Creek – please contact refuge staff if more information is desired.

Jeanne Tinsman Las Vegas, NV

Construction of New Visitor Center to begin at Desert NWR – The public will have access to the wildlife refuge and Corn Creek trails.

LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is advising visitors to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) that construction activities will impact parking at Corn Creek beginning on Monday, December 17, 2012. The initial work entails the arrival of heavy equipment and preparing the site for construction of a new visitor center.

Groundbreaking for the visitor center is planned for December 18, 2012, and construction is expected to take approximately 12 months. The new 11,000-square-foot facility will include visitor services and exhibits, as well as administrative offices.

According to Desert NWR Manager Amy Sprunger, fencing will enclose the construction site, which encompasses the current public parking area, information kiosk, and public restrooms. The kiosk and restrooms will be removed as part of the work.

“For now, we are asking visitors to park near the contact station below the construction site,” said Sprunger. “We will provide safe access to the trails, but the walk to the trailheads will be a bit longer than before.”

Sprunger emphasized that bird watchers, especially those participating in this year’s Christmas Bird Count, will be able to enjoy birding on the wildlife refuge. The Christmas Bird Count on the Desert NWR is scheduled for December 15, 2012. The annual nationwide count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, runs from December 14, 2012 – January 5, 2013.

Sprunger encourages everyone planning to visit the wildlife refuge to call 702-879-6110 for the latest information. Any changes to the parking arrangement and construction progress will be posted on the Desert NWR website at http://www.fws.gov/desertcomplex/desertrange/index.htm.

All roads on the Desert NWR remain open. Visitors are reminded to be cautious of changing conditions, follow all signs and directions, and be especially aware of heavy equipment and construction personnel.

The Desert NWR is approximately 23 miles north of Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 95. A sign on the east side of the highway marks the turnoff to the 4-mile gravel road leading to Corn Creek. The wildlife refuge was established May 20, 1936, for the conservation and development of wildlife resources, including the desert bighorn sheep. At 1.6 million acres, it is the largest national wildlife refuge in the continental United States.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/cno/. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfwspacificsouthwest, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSPacSWest, watch our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw/.

For Immediate Release Contact: Dan Balduini

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Department of the Interior U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive Las Vegas, NV 89130 Phone: (702) 515-5450 Fax: (702) 515-5460 http://fws.gov/desertcomplex ____________________________________________________________ Woman is 57 But Looks 27 Mom publishes simple facelift trick that angered doctors… http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL3131/50cac4027dbe344003a7dst02duc