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The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee was founded in 1974 to promote the welfare of the desert tortoise in the southwestern United States and to establish a preserve or Natural Area on the slopes of the western Rand Mountains and adjacent Fremont Valley (eastern Kern County) where the density of tortoises was the highest ever recorded. In 1991 the Committee expanded its land acquisition and stewardship efforts to other parts of the California deserts.
The Committee has been remarkably successful in raising funds to acquire habitat, buy fencing, establish visitor facilities, and provide support for naturalists and critical monitoring projects at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area. To achieve its goals, members work closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy, some major corporations and developers, the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, and many other groups. A long-term program for land acquisition has been established and thousands of acres of habitat have been acquired. Programs for stewardship, education, and monitoring have functioned productively for several years.
The Committee has land holdings in and adjacent to the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, at Pilot Knob in the Central Mojave Desert, in Mojave National Preserve, and in the Chuckwalla Bench. Members and volunteers lead tours, develop brochures, maintain nature trails and fencing, and give slide programs to thousands of people annually. A newsletter, Tortoise Tracks is published quarterly. The corporation holds annual meetings in January.
The Committee and members of its Board of Trustees have been the recipients of numerous
local and national awards. For example, Congress identified the Committee as a local,
grass-roots organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity. For more information, contact the Committee:
Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc.
4067 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, California 92501
(951) 683-3872 (telephone)
(951) 683-6949 (facsimile)
The Living Desert
Director of Conservation: Peter Siminski
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 346-5694 ext.2102
Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue
P.O. Box 1099
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club
President: Felice Rood
25 Starlit Circle
Sacramento, CA 95831
San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society
560 Robinson Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
Last Updated: December 31, 2014