Despite promise from Cornyn, threats to sea turtle program remain

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“Though advocates for a sea turtle conservation program have enlisted the help of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to keep the program intact, its future remains unclear.

Padre Island National Seashore recently sought bids from contractors to conduct an environmental assessment, signaling that officials may attempt to curb beach driving and implement other recommendations that were outlined in a controversial review of the program issued in 2020.

In 2020, a nonprofit called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a complaint asking for the review to be retracted. The park service denied that request and rejected the nonprofit’s appeal.”

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