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Voice: Time to place CBD on endangered list

March 10, 2002

It's time for us off-roaders to wake up and start asking who is monitoring the Center for Biological Diversity.

As reported in the Imperial Valley Press, the CBD stated that 15 new Peirson's milk vetch plants were seen in an area of the Imperial Sand Dunes where there had been none before. It also stated this was thanks to the closure of the dunes.

How can we allow the CBD to monitor the desert and administer the reporting when this would obviously be of benefit to their agenda? The Peirson's milk vetch has survived in the Imperial Sand Dunes with no agency help for years and there was no indication to suggest otherwise.

The ultimate goal of the CBD is to close our desert to all activities not in their best interest. The solution to this obvious problem would be to appoint an independent monitoring team, made up of off-roaders and conservation people, and gradually reopen the Imperial dunes area.

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Maybe instead of displacing off-roaders, we could place the CBD on the endangered list.

RON PLUNKETT

Imperial

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