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  1. John Stewart
  2. Desert Tortoise
  3. Wednesday, 14 November 2012
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Greetings California Mojave RIT members.

Attached are spreadsheets documenting all proposed recovery actions submitted for the California Mojave RIT. These are the actions that each workgroup will be prioritizing at your December 4-5 in-person meeting in Barstow, as part of developing your RIT's Recovery Action Plan.

There is one Excel workbook for each workgroup. In each workbook, there is a tab (at the bottom of the workbook) for each Tortoise Conservation Area, analogous to how you proposed actions in the RA Proposal Tool website.

Action Item:  In preparation for the in-person meeting, we would like you to please review the recovery actions that you proposed (if any) in your workgroup's spreadsheet; consider whether or not the wording of your proposal accurately reflects your answer to the question, “What recovery actions do you wish you had funding to accomplish, and where would you like to implement them?” Some of your proposals may have been reworded to so that they reflect implementable actions.

Action Item:  Propose any additional actions that you wish were in the spreadsheets. These need not be limited to your own workgroup; anything you propose for a separate workgroup will be considered by that group during the in-person meeting. When you are proposing additional actions, think again of, "What recovery actions do you wish you had funding to accomplish? and exactly where would you like to see them implemented?"

Please email Cat Darst (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any revisions or additional proposals you would like to see included in the spreadsheets before close of business on Wednesday, November 21st.  Rather than edit the spreadsheets, it is preferable if you simply include your revisions or suggestions in an email to Cat.  Please reference the RA# and tortoise conservation area and/or to which recovery action type you would like to see a proposal added.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Chris and Cat

Christine Owen Mullen, Ph.D.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Desert Tortoise Recovery Office
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 208
Palm Springs, CA 92261
Phone: 760-322-2070 x214

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Catherine R. Darst, Ph.D.
Desert Tortoise Recovery Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
805-644-1766 x 244
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The RIT reviewed the proposed actions during their Dec 4-5 meeting. Language changes were provided and priorities were assigned. The information collected will be consolidated and re-submitted to RIT members for additional review and corrections. For a review, the Recovery Implementation Team are appointed members representing federal, state and local governments and representatives of stakeholders groups. Their charter is to review the proposed actions contained in the Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some of the proposed actions (and more contentious) involve grazing, roads and trails, predator control (ravens, coyotes, and free-roaming dogs), property acquisition, and invasive species control. The complete list contains over 30 proposed actions in these and other categories. My position on the RIT represents motorized recreation stakeholders. As this process moves forward, there is a high probability access to routes within desert tortoise may have restrictions applied. The next step after the results from this meeting are compiled and corrected is a submission to the Management Oversight Group which is expected in spring of 2013. The implementation of the proposed actions are expected to be available for agency projects in 2014. However, there are many actions that are currently being implemented where a proposed activity occurs in critical desert tortoise habitat.
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