2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:38:29 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA: Ft. Irwin (CA) seeks to move desert tortoises
Army seeks to move more than 1,100 desert tortoises

Julie Cart
Los Angeles Times Greenspace
August 5, 2009

As it prepares to expand training operations at Ft. Irwin in the Mojave Desert, the U.S. Army is again proposing to move more than 1,100 threatened California desert tortoises -- an unprecedented number of an endangered species that has not fared well during previous relocations.

The Army is seeking the approval of the federal Bureau of Land Management to move the tortoises from nearly 100,000 acres in portions of the National Training Center to lands managed by the BLM. The environmental assessment is under BLM review and the proposed action is open for a 15-day public comment period.

Moving desert tortoises is not always successful. The Army relocated more than 600 of the animals last year but suspended the $8.7-million program after the first phase when officials noted high mortality rates among the tortoises, chiefly because of coyotes.


For the entire article, see

For the Bureau of Land Management news release,see also http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2009/july/CDD0960_tortoise_translocation_EA.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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