RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS



Synthesizing best-management practices for desert tortoise habitats

Persistence of natural populations of the federally listed desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Mojave and western Sonoran Desert partly depends on habitat quality. Tortoises must obtain
protection (provided by native shrubs offering cover and shade), soil microsites free from harmful contaminants for digging burrows, digestible and nutritionally rich forage (typically provided by certain annual and perennial forbs), and drinking water provided by habitats. 

This review synthesizes best-management practices for reducing non-native grasses while increasing native species and desirable features in desert tortoise habitats. 

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