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Desert tortoise: Mining ban saves 1 million acres of tortoise habitat

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 8:35 am in Desert Tortoises.

Desert tortoise. Photo by Beth Jackson/USFWS

From the Nov. 12, 2009, weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity:

… late last month the Bureau of Land Management blocked new mining claims on nearly 1 million acres of southern Nevada land for the next 20 years. The land in question, made up of federally designated “areas of environmental concern” due to encroaching development, is home to threatened desert tortoise and endangered birds, fish, and plants. These areas also happen to be historic hot spots for gold mining.

Read more in the New York Times at:

Dear Bureau of Land Management:
Don’t stop now! /Gary

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2 Responses to “Desert tortoise: Mining ban saves 1 million acres of tortoise habitat”

  1. ROBERT LEE Says:

    Hello Gary,

    This is unrelated to the Desert Tortoise article above.

    I have spotted a pair of Nuttall’s Woodpeckers
    (Picoides nuttallii)foraging on my backyard neighbors Yucca tree and apparently residing next door in a contiguous neighbors backyard. What an amazingly beautiful pair of woodpeckers. I will try to get a photograph of the pair and send it in.

    Something of interest for yourself and your readers,


  2. Karen Says:

    With gold selling at such a high price, people will be itching to reopen some of those gold mines. This mining ban couldn’t come at a better time for the tortoise; at least no new mines can be started.

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