2002 CPEO Military List Archive

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LOS ANGELES TIMES - March 26, 2002

Military's Training in Desert Raises Worry Over Impact


The Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced the approval of the 
Marine Corps' bid to use a swath of desert stretching from Twentynine 
Palms to Yuma, Ariz., for a two-week exercise, but environmentalists are 
worried about potential destruction of tortoises and plants.

The exercise, dubbed Desert Scimitar '02, will test the Marine Corps' 
ability to move large numbers of troops and vehicles over terrain 
similar to the Middle East while maintaining necessary communications. 
An estimated 600 vehicles and 2,700 Marines will be involved in a trek 
of about 175miles.

"The BLM is proud to provide the public lands for use in these efforts 
[toward] maintaining our nation's security," said Jim Kenna, Palm 
Springs-South Coast field officer manager. Under restrictions imposed by 
the federal land bureau and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Marine 
Corps must ensure that desert tortoises and other vulnerable reptiles 
and plants are not run over by Humvees, armored personnel carriers, 
5-ton trucks and other vehicles.


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