The Corn Creek Field Station on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge contains several springs that were developed by ranchers to store irrigation water. In July 2011, Otis Bay restored the Corn Creek spring head and outflow channel to its likely pre-disturbance condition. The restoration project entailed construction of a naturalized outflow channel that divided into multiple channels and terminated in a marsh/riparian area. Otis Bay designed a vegetation plan to revegetate the Corn Creek spring restoration project. The revegetation plan summarized the existing vegetation types, delineated general planting locations for appropriate vegetation alliances, and outlined methods for planting, maintenance, and monitoring of the area.
The desired vegetation goals at Corn Creek were designed to support native wildlife, fish, and springsnail species by mimicking pre-disturbance conditions as closely as possible. Otis Bay recognizes that a diverse native vegetation community is important for ecological restoration, as it provides high quality habitat for native fauna, is better able to resist invasion by non-native species, and is better able to recover following disturbance such as fire. Vegetation communities at Corn Creek are unique due to a combination of the presence of warm springs, geographic location, and edaphic variations. Therefore, Otis Bay created this revegetation plan to preserve the genetic diversity and integrity of warm spring species.
This project is complete and USFWS implemented revegetation plan.