Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern

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The Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern is a protected slough in Inyo County, eastern California. [1] It is located on the western side of the Chalfant Valley, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Bishop in the northern Owens Valley area. [2]

Its 36,000 acres (15,000 ha) were designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in 1982, and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. [1] The Fish Slough Area is an oasis in the middle of the otherwise arid volcanic tableland.

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The Fish Slough ACEC is located in the transition zone (ecotone) between the Mojave Desert and Great Basin biomes. [1] Plant communities including wetlands, alkali meadows, and uplands. [1]

One plant, Fish Slough milk vetch (Astragalus lentiginosus var. piscinensis), is endemic to the area. [3][4] The Alkali Mariposa lily (Calochortus striatus) is also a rare plant found in the ACEC, and is a vulnerable species on the California Native Plant Society Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants. [5]

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Coordinates: 37°28′09″N 118°24′03″W / 37.46908°N 118.40086°W / 37.46908; -118.40086