2016 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 18:27:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA, MUNITIONS: "Tortoise relocations challenged " at 29 Palms, CA
CALIFORNIA DESERT: Tortoise relocations challenged

Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA)
March 8, 2016 

An environmental group filed a legal challenge Tuesday, March 8, to the military’s plans to move more than 1,400 protected desert tortoises out of an expansion area at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue, contending that federal agencies have failed to fully examine how the move might harm the Mojave Desert tortoises as required under the Endangered Species Act. Such a notice is required before a lawsuit may be filed in federal court.

Tortoises are listed as threatened with extinction, but the Marines say they have to move them from 88,000 acres in the Johnson Valley to protect the reptiles from live ammunition training exercises planned for this summer.


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