James Doyle, principal of Rocky Mountain Ventures, has announced he is forming an advisory council to assist him in a planned residential development - a development for which he is acquiring state land that was recently identified as desert tortoise habitat.
Doyle said he learned last week of the presence of the desert tortoise, an endangered species, on lands he is acquiring from the state. He said he believes his development can proceed and provide necessary protection for the tortoise. He said he will work closely with the Bureau of Land Management and wildlife interests to devise a program to protect the desert tortoise."It has been a commitment from the beginning of my long effort to develop these lands that we will work hard to proceed in a manner that preserves the beauty and ecological balance of this area. Coexistence with the desert tortoise is consistent with my view of an appropriate way to develop this sensitive area," said Doyle.
Doyle said he is seeking members of his advisory council from municipal and county government, state government, federal agencies, business leaders and environmental interests.
"In recognition of the size of my project and long-term nature of this development, I wish to involve the many elements of the Washington County community. It is my strong desire to work in concert with government, business and community interests in proceeding (with) the development."