Ecosystems Advisory Committee
The Ecosystems Advisory Committee (EAC) supports the mission of the Desert Tortoise Council by bringing the best available science to the federal, state, and local agency decision-making process. The EAC committee members do this by submitting comment letters on proposed projects and other issues (e.g., policymaking, regulatory applications, funding, etc.) associated with the conservation and management of desert tortoises and their habitats. The EAC committee members also work with other conservation organizations to provide a larger and more effective voice to support the implementation of conservation actions for desert tortoises and desert ecosystems, and to oppose actions that contribute to declines of their populations and degrade or destroy their fragile desert ecosystems.
Click on the links below to view correspondence from the Desert Tortoise Council’s Ecosystems Advisory Committee.
Environmental Assessment (DOI-BLM-UT-C030-2017-0063-EA) for Rocky Mountain Power Powerline Upgrade Project and City of St. George Waterline Development Project Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
Response to April 1, 2019 email requesting comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for Test and Evaluation and Training Activities at the Cuddeback Range at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake – November 2018
Comments on Rule to Revise the Department of the Interior’s Regulations for Processing Records under the Freedom of Information Act (83 Federal Register 248, Friday, December 28, 2018) (Reference Docket No. DOI–2018–0017)
Comment Letter on Desert Quartzite Solar Project Draft Plan Amendment/ Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (DOI-BLM-CA-D060-2017-0002 / CA State Clearinghouse No. 2015031066)
Comment Letter on the Bureau of Land Management’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Plan Amendment, and a Notice of Segregation, both for the Proposed Gemini Solar Project in Clark County, Nevada
Comment Letter on the Bureau of Land Management’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and a Notice of Segregation for the Proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project, Clark County, NV
Scoping Comments on Joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) for the RE Crimson Solar Project and Input on Potential Plan Amendments to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)Translocation Throughout the Species Range within the Southern Nevada District and Caliente Field Office, Nevada, DOI-BLM-NV-S000-2017-0002-EA, Population Augmentation (BLM 2017)
Camino Solar Project
Maricopa Solar Park Scoping