2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:07:59 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA: Desert tortoise research "unfinished"
Basis of plan to resume tortoise relocation at issue

Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA)
August 10, 2009

Federal officials relied on unpublished, unfinished research in justifying their plans to resume moving hundreds of desert tortoises so the Army can expand military training grounds north of Barstow.

The research is not available to the public, raising consternation among environmental groups that have until Friday to submit comments on the proposed relocation. Several groups have requested that the government extend the abbreviated, 15-day comment period.

An official of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is overseeing the relocations, said the agency learned Friday that the research was unfinished. Contacted Monday, the researcher affirmed that the study is still being prepared and declined to release it.


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