Developing and Implementing Management Programs

Developing and Implementing Management Programs for Tortoise Preserves and Adjacent Areas

To protect the biodiversity which the desert tortoise needs to survive, it is essential to develop and implement management programs for tortoise preserves and areas adjacent to preserves and critical habitat. The Harper Lake Road fencing mitigation program is a project of this type. The Committee obtained easements to construct a tortoise-proof fence along both sides of a 6.9 mile stretch of road leading to the Harper Lake Company’s solar power plant. Culverts positioned at selected sites allow tortoises to cross under the road without risk of being crushed by Harper Lake Company vehicular traffic. The fence construction was completed in December 2009.