Desert Tortoise Website in the Crosshairs of Obama Administration

On June 13, 2011, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste. As part of that campaign, the Administration is seeking to eliminate a multitude of websites the government now maintains.  Both the President and Vice President singled out a website dedicated to the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) – a species native to the southwest and listed (pdf) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act -- as one example of the type of government waste they intend to eliminate.  The media has reported frustration in response to the Administrations focus; one article on the topic noted that “the talk has irritated some scientists and environmentalists” (The Press Enterprise, June 15, by David Danelski and Ben Goad).


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