2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:41:39 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA, EXPANSION: Ft. Irwin (CA) and desert tortoise relocation
Public input sought on relocating desert tortoises for military training center project

Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA)
February 7, 2009

The federal government is asking for the public's help in deciding how best to relocate desert tortoises to make way for expansion of Fort Irwin Army training center near Barstow.

The effort to move the tortoises to new territory was suspended last fall when at least 90 of the 556 tortoises died after they were relocated. Most of those were killed by coyotes. Of those that survived, some returned to their home range on military property.

Now the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Fort Irwin National Training Center have announced a "scoping period" ending Feb. 18 to hear the public's suggestions on what issues should be addressed before tortoises are again moved from Fort Irwin expansion areas.


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Lenny Siegel
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