Blackwater USA

Some resources about Blackwater USA, a potentially devastating mercenary soldier training facility proposed to be located in 'Round Portrero', in the heart of the Hauser Wilderness and additions project area. Two proposed wilderness areas are located immediately adjacent to, and a distance of less than three miles from, the location of the proposal. The Pacific Crest Trail is only 4 miles away. The existing Hauser Canyon Wilderness is less than one mile due north. The following links provide additional information:

Blackwater USA web site:

Documents regarding the :Blackwater West" project and the scoping meeting can be found at:

Jeremy Scahill's Nation Magazine article about Blackwater, "Bush's Shadow Army" and view short video at

San Diego Reader article, Feb. 22, 2007, on "Blackwater West"

Read Jeremy Scahill's book:  "Blackwater:  The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercentary Army";  Jeremy Scahill will speak in San Diego on May 1 and 2.  Details of both events will be posted at

This area is the focus area of significant recent land acquisitions by land conservancies, for the purpose of consolidating BLM public land holdings for conservation protection. Here is a map of recent land acquistions by: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, The Resources Law Group, and the Back Country Land Trust.

Las Californias Binational Conservation Initiative: A Vision for Habitat Conservation in the Border Region of California and Baja California — A science-based plan to identify priority conservation areas in the Las Californias region. (October 2004) Executive Summary and report This important report documents the biological importance of the Portrero region.

ECWiki - Amazing resource for information, courtesy of East County Democratic Club!

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