The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twenty-Nine Palms, California is adjacent to one of the nation’s most popular areas for off-road vehicles.

Now the Corps is proposing to expand the base into 189,700 acres of the community’s federal land. ORVers are angry — because an expansion would reduce their legal off-roading areas — and while the Center for Biological Diversity often opposes off-roading for its habitat destruction, (CBD agrees with the OHV) lobby in opposing this base expansion.

This unlikely alliance is because it would also endanger a wildlife-management area that’s key habitat for ancient, gentle desert tortoises. A preposterous 3,040 to 17,766 tortoises could die. “That’s appalling,” said Center biologist Ileene Anderson. The Center will keep fighting for the tortoises, as we’ve fought for more than 15 years.
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