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Desert Tortoise Management


WEST offers a full range of biological services for projects involving desert tortoise, including surveys and baseline studies, permitting, mitigation and compliance issues.



WEST offers clients a wide variety of advanced desert tortoise conservation techniques and protocols, and effective management of desert tortoise permitting and compliance programs. WEST has experience and expertise in assisting clients in navigating regulatory processes such as federal and state Endangered Species Act consultations and permitting. WEST staff can help negotiate, plan, and implement innovative approaches to desert tortoise management. Our staff has experience with a wide range of project types in desert tortoise habitat, including energy generation and transmission, military installations,government land management agencies, and private sector land development.

Desert Tortoise Management Services



  • Federal Endangered Species Act(ESA) Section 7 consultations
  • ESA Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans
  • California Fish and Game Code Section 2081 Incidental Take Permits
  • Habitat assessments
  • Protocol-level presence/absence surveys
  • Pre-construction and clearance surveys with permission to relocate
  • Planning, Permitting, and Implementing Translocationss
  • Radio telemetry
  • Headstarting
  • Protocol health assessments and tissue sampling
  • Habitat and population modeling
  • Habitat restoration
  • Wildlife crossing analysis
  • Exclusion fencing plans and implementation
  • Construction supervision and compliance monitoring
  • Technical reporting and peer review
  • General and Advanced Statistical Analysis Techniques