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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 297

Key wildlife habitat added to Coachella preserve

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett joined a group of Federal, State, and local officials and leaders to dedicate a key wildlife habitat acquisition in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs yesterday.
The 321-acre parcel is part of a larger acquisition effort that combines available funding from Federal, State, local, and private sources to piece an 8,880-acre addition to the Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard Preserve, also a BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).
Surrounded by swaying palm trees at the “Thousand-Palm Oasis,” Scarlett commended all those present for their vision:  This is "not conservation for a moment, but conservation for an age," Scarlett said.
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett speaks to the gathering:
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett addresses the crowd at the Coachella Valley Preserve
She explained that the recent BLM acquisition was made under a new program authorized by the Federal Lands Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) that uses funds from BLM land sales to acquire habitat and recreation lands elsewhere.
The Deputy Secretary noted that 19 other special parcels in seven western states are also being acquired with $18 million in the FLTFA funds and stated more funds are available and be added to broaden the program, that can include acquisitions by other Federal agencies: the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service.  
BLM California State Director Mike Pool addresses the gathering:
BLM California State Director addressed the crowd
BLM California News.bytes, issue 297

Last updated: 09-05-2007