The essential news for energy & environment professionals, © 1996-2020 Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC Recent trapping surveys indicate that the population is colonizing and successfully reproducing in the adjacent habitat outside of the enclosure. In 2007, Camp Pendleton, with support from the USFWS, initiated a long-term habitat enhancement project at its Juliett training area – where a mitigation bank had previously been established – to ensure high-quality habitat for the species. LOS ANGELES— The U.S. It is endemic to the Southern California region of the United States, primarily in western Riverside County. The elusive animals are known to inhabit some of the 125,000 acres (50,586 hectares) belonging to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton), a training base located on the southwestern coastal plains of the Santa Ana Mountains in San Diego County that promotes combat readiness. A positive turning point in the project occurred in September 2011, with the translocation of 21 kangaroo rats to the management area. U.S.FWS Species profile about species listing status, federal register publications, recovery, critical habitat, conservation planning, petitions, and life history. Joe Biden was accused during the presidential campaign of planning for the end of oil, but some analysts say the president-elect may instead help the industry survive. By Heather Richards and Mike Lee in Energywire To create suitable habitat for the species, Camp Pendleton undertook a variety of actions, including prescribed burning, mechanical and chemical vegetation management, and artificial burrow installation. The species was listed as federally endangered in 1988 after half of the habitat it historically occupied was lost to residential, commercial, and agricultural development. The construction of artificial burrows – measuring approximately three feet (one meter) deep and two inches (five centimeters) wide – inside the enclosure provided the animals with immediate shelter, while remote cameras installed in and around the enclosure allowed personnel to monitor the kangaroo rats and track predator activities. The species is named after American zoologist Frank Stephens (1849–1937). The U.S. FWS's Threatened & Endangered Species System track information about listed species in the United States. Because this more common species competes with its endangered relative for resources, resource managers feared the Stephens' kangaroo rat had been extirpated from the site. Camp Pendleton will continue monitoring the population and managing the mitigation site, performing habitat enhancement actions inside and outside of the enclosure. Here we report evidence from one such study indicating that shrub removal improves habitat quality for Stephens' kangaroo rats. The species was listed as federally endangered in 1988 after half of the habitat it historically occupied was lost to residential, commercial, and agricultural development. The Stephens’ kangaroo rat was originally listed as an endangered species in 1988. In addition, biologists fitted the translocated animals, as well as any additional kangaroo rats captured during ongoing monitoring surveys, with unique ear tags to allow for easy identification over time. Camp Pendleton is currently developing a Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Management Plan that will support the installation's training mission while building on the success of the habitat enhancement project. Because much of their habitat has been paved over and fragmented by development, the SKR was listed as Endangered under the the US Endangered Species Act and Threatened under the California ESA in the 1980s. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Endangered Stephens' Kangaroo Rat to Keep Protection. The Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) is a nocturnal rodent that is unique to southwestern California. Hill, Creating a Safe Haven for Stephens' Kangaroo Rat at Camp Pendleton. Stephens' kangaroo rats use burrows for nesting, resting during daylight hours, storing food, and eluding predators. Stephens's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to protect the imperiled and declining Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) as an endangered species, as disclosed in a decision to be published tomorrow. endangered Stephens' kangaroo rat have included studies of its response to experimental habitat manipulations (Bean et al., 1991; RECON, 1991, Chap.