The U.S. Marine Corps' combat center near Twentynine Palms, Calif., is expanding an additional 260 square miles in the Mojave Desert. But the collateral damage that will result from the current plan is astounding: The Marines want to physically move up to 3,200 desert tortoises, with only half expected to survive.
Last year, after the Center for Biological Diversity opposed this plan, the Marine Corps and Bureau of Land Management released a supplemental environmental impact statement and tortoise relocation plan. But this new document still doesn't look at any alternative that would leave more tortoises in their homes, designate new habitat, or limit damage.
We know another way is feasible because, earlier this year, the Marines used the area for training and drove only on existing roads, thereby fulfilling their mission while minimizing harm to tortoises.
Join us in urging the Marines to rethink their strategy and find a solution to this problem.
November 4, 2016 Action Alert ID# 445
Add Your Voice To This Cause In A Matter Of Minutes >>