World Turtle News, 08/09/2017
West Point Works To Protect Natural Resources With Turtle Conservation And Research Project
Glyptemys insculpta and Clemmys guttata have been selected for addition to the endangered species list due to their population decline; as a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program has implemented a conservation program allowing West Point to become involved with the monitoring process. This is a project with the USACE Buffalo District’s Interagency and International Support (IIS) program which assists the military to protect their natural resources and still focus on necessary training. After The Fish and Wildlife Service granted funding to add Glyptemys insculpta and Clemmys guttata to the endangered species list, West Point considered this as an opportunity to contribute to conservation and demonstrate proper natural resources management, as required by the Sikes Act. The surveys and research that are being performed on these species will give vital data on population statistics as well as protecting the animals from training exercises that might potentially harm them.
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