2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:01:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA: Desert tortoise relocation (Ft. Irwin, CA) comment period extended
Public has more time to comment on proposed relocation of desert tortoises

Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA)
August 14, 2009

Federal officials extended public comment on a plan to relocate desert tortoises for an Army expansion after being inundated with 20,000 protest e-mails, a spokesman said Friday.

The comment period on an environmental report supporting the move was set to expire Friday. But the Bureau of Land Management, which is overseeing the relocation, pushed the deadline to Aug. 31 after environmentalists objected, said David Briery, spokesman for the BLM's California Desert District.

"We had gotten a lot of concern that the public didn't have the proper opportunity and length to comment on the environmental assessment," he said.

The BLM opted for a 15-day comment period so the Army could begin relocating 89 tortoises next month. The plan is to move them from Ft. Irwin National Training Center, near Barstow, to public lands south and west of the military property so the Army can use 94,000 acres for training troops. Crews would move another 1,143 tortoises next spring.


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