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The Effects of Anthropogenic Activities on Desert Tortoises and their Habitats

Summary

The deserts of the Southwest are under increasing pressure from growing human populations for land development - for cities, agriculture, livestock grazing, transportation and utility corridors, power plants, military activities, mining, and recreation. While some anthropogenic activities were initiated in the mid-1800s and have continued to present day, others are relatively new. The cumulative effects of historic and recent anthropogenic activities on natural resources have been both local and regional in scope. In addition, natural processes, such as local weather and global climate change, exert important influences on the landscape.

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The goals of this project are to: 1. Provide the scientific foundation for the conservation of terrestrial plants, wildlife, and habitats; 2. Provide tools and techniques for science-based resource management; 3. Identify factors that contribute or limit conservation and recovery for terrestrial plant and wildlife species at risk; 4. Institute an adaptive science approach to support the adaptive management of terrestrial plants and wildlife and provide technical assistance to natural resource managers; 5. Enhance USGS wildlife research capabilities to meet emerging and future issues.

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  • USGS Western Ecological Research Center

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