- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Daniel Patterson, Desert Ecologist, Center fo
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002 at 7:05 PM
Army tanks threaten to wipe out the desert tortoise, rare plants and 110,000 acres of public land. Come to hearings to oppose Ft. Irwin expansion: Riverside 1/17 and Pasadena 1/19.
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - MEDIA AND ACTIVIST ALERT - Monday, Jan. 14, 2002
FT. IRWIN EXPANSION HEARINGS THIS WEEK.
Contact: Daniel Patterson, Desert Ecologist 520.623.5252 x 306
RIVERSIDE -- After conservationists repeatedly requested, the Army will be holding two additional scoping meetings on the Fort Irwin Expansion proposal this week in Riverside and Pasadena.
Tank training expansion would put the future of the West Mojave desert tortoises in doubt and would likely lead to extinction of the endangered Lane Mountain milkvetch, a species for which the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) are currently seeking critical habitat protection; see http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/press/CA-Plants-11-15-01.html
The Center has offered to work with the Army to develop a "American Natural Security" alternative that will better protect the desert environment, while providing for continued military readiness. This alternative was presented to the Army by Daniel Patterson, CBD Desert Ecologist, at an earlier scoping hearing Nov. 29 in Barstow.
Cornerstones of the Natural Security alternative include:
- Implementation of the Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations http://www.tortoise.org/wmp/ftirwin5.html
- Avoidance of training on designated critical habitat for desert tortoise, the UTM 90 lands, and future designated Lane Mtn. milkvetch critical habitat.
- Detailed consideration of the rapidly decreasing populations of tortoises in the western Mojave desert, and how base expansion could affect tortoise survival and recovery in the west Mojave.
- A detailed analysis of increased use of combat simulators.
- Clean up of the Leach Lake area to increase training acres within the existing base by 90,000 acres.
- An independent military strategy review of the future need for force-on-force tank battles.
- An independent analysis of potential economic losses that the Barstow area would face from loss of 110,000 acres of public recreation lands.
- An independent analysis of harmful health affects of increased air pollution and dust from moving tank training closer to Barstow; and a detailed analysis of how dust pollution affects plants and therefore the entire ecosystem.
- How Ft. Irwin and 29 Palms USMC base can better coordinate to share already existing bases (between the Army and Marines, DoD already has 1.4M acres in the Mojave for this type of training.)
- A full and independent environmental justice analysis.
The meetings are January 17 in Riverside at the Riverside Convention Center and January 19 at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Monica Bond, CBD Staff Biologist, will represent the Center for Biological Diversity at the Riverside hearing on Thursday.
For more info on the proposed expansion, please visit: www.tortoise.org
Report this post as:
Change Links September 2018 posted
More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre
Site Outage Friday
Change Links August 2018
Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land
More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
More Local News...
The Dictatorship of Corporations
18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting
Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue
Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator
Shopping du bashing
After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen
Probabilités de fin d'humanité
Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW
Propagande de virus, virus de propagande
Steer clear of work morality!
Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates
Paraphysique de l'origami
The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally!
August 2018 Honduras Coup update
Du réussissement putréfié
Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges
Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts
Paraphysique de contextualité
Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism
Ex-voto de réification
Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh
Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation
Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council
Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming?
The Shortwave Report 08/31/18 Listen Globally!
More Breaking News...