Assessing the Long-term Survival and Reproductive Output of Desert Tortoises at a Wind ENergy Facility Near Palm Springs, CA

Summary

SCH Number
2010018249
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Assessing the Long-term Survival and Reproductive Output of Desert Tortoises at a Wind ENergy Facility Near Palm Springs, CA
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The objectives of this Agreement are to: 1) Estimate the population size and structure of desert tortoises at the Mesa wind farm. 2) Determine what proportion of tortoises marked at the wind farm in the period from 1997-2001 is still alive over 26 years after development began onsite. 3) Determine if any significant mortality of tortoises has occurred at the wind farm since our studies over 10 years earlier and to determine the cause of mortality to the extent possible. 4) Determine if tortoises at the wind farm are still reproducing at the same high rate habitat.

Contact Information
John Mathias
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

916 651-9525

Location

Counties
Riverside

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306 Class 6
Reasons for Exemption
Basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities that do not result in major disturbances to an environmental resource.
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