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Save Desert National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Air Force is currently accepting public comments on its proposal to renew its use of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) at Nellis Air Force Base.

More than 800,000 acres of Desert National Wildlife Refuge are included within the NTTR, and are jointly managed by the Air Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to ensure a proper balance between meeting military training needs and the protection of the refuge’s wild resources. But the Air Force is proposing to increase its control over these refuge lands and add more than 260,000 acres to its territory. This could strip FWS of its authority to protect wildlife and habitat on more than two-thirds of the refuge!

If this plan moves forward, a huge portion of the refuge would be used for military training – including aerial bombing exercises – instead of being managed to benefit wildlife like desert bighorn sheep and threatened desert tortoises. Fences and barriers would be constructed that block wildlife from important parts of the refuge, and even public access would be restricted.

Tell the Air Force you oppose a military takeover of Desert National Wildlife Refuge!*

*Defenders will submit your name, city, state and comment to the Air Force. All comments will become part of the public record.

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