Ash Meadows is one of the most important natural areas on the North American continent, providing habitat for more than 20 plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.
The largest oasis in the Mojave Desert, Ash Meadows supports 12 major spring systems whose 10,000-year-old "fossil waters" feed numerous pools and riparian systems.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada state Senator Paul Laxalt, the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
On the verge of being converted into a 20,000 lot subdivision, the Conservancy's February 1984 acquisition of Ash Meadows was made in cooperation with the USFWS and was made possible thanks to the support of Former Senator Paul Laxalt and a $1 million interest free loan from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.