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|Date:||28 Oct 2003 18:31:45 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Air Force, Marines Are Key Players In Pronghorn Protection|
Arizona ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES Air Force, Marines Are Key Players In Pronghorn Protection Endangered Antelope Make Home On Goldwater Range By Arthur H. Rotstein October 28, 2003 It’s not yet sunrise but Pam Landin’s day is already swinging into high gear on the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southern Arizona. She has hiked 200 feet up a rocky slope to a ledge on Observation Point Echo, overlooking a vast flat landscape where Air Force pilots routinely practice bombing runs. With binoculars and a high-powered scope she searches the desert below for endangered Sonoran pronghorns. The presence of any of the deer-like animals within three kilometers of a nearby array of targets resembling tanks can force pilots to detour to other sites on the Air Force’s 1.1 million-acre portion of the range, or even scrub their missions. The Air Force and the Marines, who also use part of this range, are key players in efforts by federal and state agencies to ensure the survival of the fleet, elusive pronghorns. Both military branches provide money for studies and other support, even pitching in thousands of dollars to drill desert wells in an adjacent wildlife refuge to irrigate plots of forage for the animals, whose population has been decimated by drought. Air Force Col. James Uken, the Goldwater range’s management officer, said that for the Air Force’s part, “when you total up all the different projects we’ve been involved in over the period of time, I’m sure the dollar value exceeds $1 million.” This article can be viewed at: http://www.azcapitoltimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=10&SubSectionID=24&ArticleID=366 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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