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The military as an environmentalist?




One of the welcome gates at Camp Pendleton.
One of the welcome gates at Camp Pendleton.

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When you think "military," you probably don't think "environmentalist." But it turns out Defense Department properties -- like the Navy-owned island of San Clemente, or the area around Camp Pendleton -- boast the highest density of threatened and endangered species of any federal land management agency. And huge swaths of military terrain have become de facto wildlife refuges for all kinds of animals.