When the Warm Springs Ranch in the town of Moapa became available for sale in 2005, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) immediately recognized the important conservation value of the property to the Moapa Dace—a small fish living on the property and Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, yet nowhere else in the world. SNWA acquired the Warm Springs Ranch and adjacent parcels totaling 1,218 acres with funding from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) designated for the “Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas.”

The purpose of the Warm Springs Natural Area Management Plan is to establish a long-term management direction for the property that will foster relations between SNWA and the property neighbors (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy, Moapa Valley Water District, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Coyotes Springs Investment, Inc. and others) while preserving the important ecological integrity of the property.

The Management Plan also identifies public uses considered compatible with the primary intent of the SNPLMA application to “develop educational and recreational areas/trails emphasizing natural resources for public use consistent with the Nature Conservancy and other adjacent lands.”

The plan will include a visitor center, public and private trails, a staff and visitor research center, habitat restoration and conservation, and protection of cultural resources.