Location: The Indian Joe Springs Ecological Reserve (IJSER) is located on the eastern slope of the Argus Range in southern Inyo County; approximately five miles north of the community of Trona, and 31 miles northeast of the city of Ridgecrest. The area consists of 520 acres.
Purpose of Acquisition: To protect the Mojave desert water sources and associated riparian habitat providing critical habitat for the Inyo California towhee (Melozone crissalis eremophilus).
Description:The following is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Maintain and protect the water supply, quality, and quantity as it is critical in maintaining the necessary riparian habitat for the Inyo California towhee and Willow Flycatcher. Continue to provide public hunting opportunities and expand opportunities for wildlife viewing and environmental education/research.
Environmental Review Process
Notice of Determination: Filed on May 14, 2018, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
Management Plan Retention
A hard copy of the Management Plan, including public comments and responses, can be viewed during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Inland Deserts Region - Bishop Field Office
787 North Main Street, Suite 220
Bishop, CA 93514
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.