Organizations with Expertise on Desert Tortoises in California
Founded in 1964, the CTTC has over 1,000 members and 14 chapters. The Club was organized to preserve, conserve, study, and disseminate knowledge about turtles and tortoises. Chapters and branches hold monthly meetings at which local and international experts speak on a variety of subjects. The Club also has sponsored symposia and programs of national and international significance. The various chapters and branches raise funds for educational programs, as well as local and world-wide conservation projects for turtles and tortoises. The Club was organized to preserve, conserve, study, and disseminate knowledge about turtles and tortoises. Chapters and branches hold monthly meetings at which local and international experts speak on a variety of subjects. The Club also has sponsored symposia and programs of national and international significance. The various chapters and branches raise funds for educational programs, as well as local and world-wide conservation projects for turtles and tortoises. The Club is most widely recognized for its State-sanctioned ADOPTION PROGRAM for captive desert tortoises. The ADOPTION PROGRAM is managed through a network of volunteers. Because of its efforts to protect the desert tortoise, the Club received an award from the Secretary of the Interior. The Club produces a bimonthly newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette, and has an extensive website, www.tortoise.org/.
The following table provides times and locations of meetings, contact information for the 2015-16 officers, and the permanent postal addresses of each Chapter.
CTTC Executive Board
Meeting: First Thursday, 7:00 pm at Del Mar Elementary School, 4122 N. Del Mar, Fresno, CA 93704.
Chino Valley Chapter
Meeting: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Chino Girl Scout House, 5007 Center St., Chino, CA 91710.
Meeting: Fourth Friday, 7:30 pm at Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.
High Desert Chapter
Meeting: Second Monday, 7:00 pm at Sterling Inn Regency Room, 17738 Francesca Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92395.
Inland Empire Chapter
Meeting: First Friday, 7:30 pm, "The Ark" Church of the Nazarenes in the Fellowship Hall in Young Hall, 1307 East Citrus Ave., Redlands, CA 92374.
Kern County Chapter
Meeting: SecondMonday, 7:00 pm at St. Philip of the Apostle Church, Room 5, 7100 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309.
Low Desert Chapter
Meeting: First Monday of every even month, 7:00 pm at The Living Desert, 47-900 Portola, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Orange County Chapter
Meeting: Second Friday, 7:30 pm at Chapman University Science Center, Rm 127, 346 Center St., Orange, CA 92866.
Meeting: Second Monday, 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 502 No. Norma St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.
Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter
Contact the Chapter for meeting time and location.
Meeting: Bimonthly on the second Saturday at 6:30 pm at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, California 91355.
Silicon Valley Chapter
Meeting: Third Friday, 7:00 pm at San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Dr., San Jose, CA 95125.
Meeting: Second Wednesday, 7:00 pm at PG&E Community Center, 6588 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Turtle and Tortoise Care Society
Meeting:Third Friday,7:30 pm at University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin, Long Beach, CA 90808
Meeting: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
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:
Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue
P.O. Box 1099
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club
25 Starlit Circle
Sacramento, CA 95831
San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society
560 Robinson Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
Last updated: 29 March, 2016