Park: Mojave National Preserve
Project Description: This is a seven acre property with a newly constructed Desert Tortoise research facility that Chevron acquired and built as part of a mitigation settlement with the NPS. Custody and management of the facility has been transferred to NPT under a lease from Chevron while the NPS completes due diligence work to transfer title to the property from Chevron to the NPS. Chevron has additionally provided a restricted donation to NPT of $491,000. NPT will disburse funds from this donation over the next 6 years to the NPS to cover operation and maintenance of the facility. NPT will also be compensated from this donation for managing the facility and administering the donation. NPT has made the facility immediately available for use by NPS approved researchers. To date, 80 tortoise eggs have been hatched and 25-30 were released this past fall to document their survival rate.
Project Status: The permanent transfer of the property to the NPS has occurred. Management of the facility is now in NPS hands. NPT, Mojave National Preserve, Chevron held a dedication event on September 5, 2014 at the Research Facility. NPT continues to hold the funds from Chevron to support the first five years of research. To date, funds for the first three years of work have been disbursed to the Mojave National Preserve.
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