Development Threatens Desert Tortoise Habitat

Plans for development in Southern Nevada could devastate thousands of acres of pristine desert habitat of the federally-protected threatened desert tortoises.
August 7, 2000, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Developers plan to build "50,000 homes and 10 championship golf courses over the next 50 years on about 42,800 acres straddling Clark and Lincoln counties in Southern Nevada. The development could devastate thousands of acres of pristine desert habitat of the federally-protected threatened desert tortoises. "As a Southern Nevadan, I'm concerned that the last unspoiled valley in Southern Nevada is now going to be developed," said Ron Marlow, a biology professor who supervises research on the tortoise for the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Published on Saturday, August 5, 2000 in The San Diego Union-Tribune
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