Over the past several years, Molycorp has partnered with the National Park Service, the National Park Trust, and Chevron to help create the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility, located approximately 10 miles from Molycorp’s Mountain Pass, California Rare Earth Facility. The Desert Tortoise Research Facility helps to shelter young desert tortoises. Molycorp donated the land for the facility, and Chevron generously financed the facility’s construction.
In September 2014, the partners formally dedicated the Facility in an event that featured a field trip by several dozen fourth and fifth grade students from schools in Baker, CA and Henderson, NV. The students were taught about desert tortoises and other native species in the Mojave desert, and were able to witness the release of some juvenile tortoises into the wild.
The National Park Service will now manage the facility while scientists from University of California-Davis and the University of Georgia-Savannah River will conduct research. The facility includes a LEED Silver-certified laboratory building, two acres of predator-proof tortoise enclosures containing native vegetation, and seven acres of high-quality tortoise habitat.
To see a video on the Desert Tortoise Research Facility, go here.
Additional information on the Facility, provided by the National Park Service, can be seen below.
New Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility
Designed specifically for scientists to conduct research into juvenile tortoise survival, the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility includes a LEED-certified laboratory building, four enclosures consisting of two acres of outdoor predator-proof tortoise holding pens containing native vegetation, and seven acres of high-quality tortoise habitat.
The National Park Trust, a non-profit organization, began managing the facility on behalf of the National Park Service in 2012, and continued in this role until transfer of the land title was complete. The building will be dedicated on September 4, 2014.