Regarding the article on Peirson's milk vetch that was published on March 31, I thought on the whole this was a balanced, fair and informative treatment of the controversy over this listed Threatened plant found on the Algodones Dunes. There are, however, a couple of points I would like to clarify:
The Center for Biological Diversity criticized the American Sand Association report on the 2001 study of milk vetch, of which I was the primary author, because it was not peer reviewed.
Project reports are generally not peer-reviewed; publications in scientific journals are peer reviewed. We did not violate any scientific protocol by not submitting our report for peer review. When we write a scientific article for publication at the end of our studies, it will be duly peer reviewed.
The primary purpose of our study last year was to count the number of milk vetch plants and document where they were. We included exact GPS locations and maps in our report so that anyone could verify our findings. The only way our information could be reviewed was to go to our study sites and count plants, which anyone (including the CBD), could have done using the information we provided.