2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:20:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENCROACHMENT, HABITAT: Wildlife at Military Bases
Pentagon Making Room for Wildlife at Military Bases

By DINA FINE MARON of Greenwire
New York Times
February 18, 2010

As residential development sprawls toward once-isolated military bases, the Pentagon finds itself managing mini-refuges for threatened and endangered animals and plants.

Consider Fort Benning, Ga., where the appearance of a state-protected gopher tortoise in the path of troops and tanks has been known to halt training exercises. It's Army policy to steer clear of the base's 3,000 or so tortoises and keep track of their burrows, said John Brent, the base's chief of environmental management.

But watching out for tortoises and federally protected creatures is not a job the Department of Defense enjoys.

So DOD has formed odd-bedfellow alliances with environmentalists to protect habitat in hopes of keeping wildlife off the endangered species list by keeping development away from military bases.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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