Within the Las Vegas Field Office and located in the urban interface of the City of Las Vegas, the 300-acre Eglington Preserve contains habitat for two rare plant species, important woodlands for migratory birds, and Ice Age fossil formations.
Because of the urban interface, the area was degraded by off-highway vehicles, dumping, and homeless encampments. BLM built more than six miles of fences to protect the entire area, removed trash and debris, reduced hazardous fuels, and restored disturbances. Restoration activities began in November of 2010 and were completed the following year. BLM decompacted soils, applied 250 pounds of native local seed into the soil, spread rocks and horizontal mulch to not only disguise but also to serve as water and native seed catchments, and planted nearly 3,000 native plants, including the rare Las Vegas buckwheat.
Restoration directly improved 143 acres. As a result of these actions, the BLM improved ecological function of active wash drainages; sensitive plant and wildlife habitat; and natural hydrologic function, including sediment transport and erosion, infiltration, and water quality.