Tortoises to be Released Back into the Desert
Blink and you'll miss it! Clark County's Desert Conservation Program will release five desert tortoises back into the wild on Tuesday, Oct. 15. They will be released in the Boulder City Conservation Easement, south of Boulder City. The tortoises were recovered from construction sites earlier this year, thanks to a program made possible through the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Program. To date, the MSHCP has invested more than $154 million in more than 600 conservation projects to minimize and mitigate the unintended negative impacts of growth and development on native sensitive species and habitats.
Who: Clark County Desert Conservation Program
What: Tortoise Release
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15
Where: Boulder City Conservation Easement, south of Boulder City (media may meet DCP staff at a kiosk at the corner of U.S. 95 and Nelson Road)
- Kimberley Jenkins, principal environmental specialist, Desert Conservation Program
- Scott Cambrin, senior biologist, Desert Conservation Program
- Tortoises being reintroduced to their natural environs
- Desert Conservation Program staff handling the tortoises and releasing them
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation's 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.3 million visitors a year (2018). Included are the nation's 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state's largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.