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The Ash Meadows Visitor Center was constructed in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in 1984 and has only had a small modular unit acting as a visitor center. The refuge is the largest oasis in the Mojave Desert, supporting an incredible diversity of plants and wildlife year-round. Over 24,000 acres of alkali seeps, springs and other unique habitats make Ash Meadows a biological wonder in the middle of the harshest desert in the United States. The Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge protects threatened and endangered species, many of which occur nowhere else in the world. The layout of the visitor center was adjusted several times during design to avoid the endangered Ash Meadows Sunray only found in this area. The design included a 1000’ boardwalk, use of native plants and coordination with the indoor and outdoor exhibits. Our design included all site layout including parking lot, roadways, walks, plazas and covered picnic areas.
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