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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization, part of our mission is to share accurate and up-to-date information with environmental professionals who work hands-on with threatened and endangered species. Wildlands Conservation offers Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved training courses that meet the requirements for the Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent permit.

Our instructors are experts in gopher tortoise biology, permitting, relocation, and research, including Dr. Henry Mushinsky, a Professor Emeritus in Biology and former Graduate Director of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (pictured above). He has served as an advisor and a collaborator with Wildlands since the organization’s inception in 2003, and is currently the Chair of Wildlands’ Board of Directors. Henry has published over 120 papers on Florida’s indigenous herpetofauna, habitat restoration, and Florida ecology, as well as co-authored the leading text on North American tortoises, Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises.

Wildlands provides the courses below:

  • Combination A – Introductory Authorized Agent Training — $600.00
    • GT1000: Gopher Tortoise Ecology & FWC Permitting Guidelines
    • GT2000: Survey Techniques for Development Sites

 

  • Combination B – Basic Authorized Agent Training — $900.00
    • GT1000: Gopher Tortoise Ecology & FWC Permitting Guidelines
    • GT2000: Survey Techniques for Development Sites
    • GT2500: Capture and Transport of Gopher Tortoises

 

  • Combination C – Advanced Authorized Agent Training — $600.00
    • GT2500: Capture and Transport of Gopher Tortoises
    • GT3000: Recipient Site Permitting and Management

 

  • Combination D – Comprehensive Authorized Agent Training — $1,200.00
    • GT1000: Gopher Tortoise Ecology & FWC Permitting Guidelines
    • GT2000: Survey Techniques for Development Sites
    • GT2500: Capture and Transport of Gopher Tortoises
    • GT3000: Recipient Site Permitting and Management

 

For more information about our courses, please view our Full Course Descriptions.

Available Courses and Registration

Please contact info@wildlandsconservation.org for scheduling information.

4000-Level Courses covering Mechanical Excavation of Gopher Tortoise Burrows and the Marking of Gopher Tortoises are only taught to small groups in conjunction with a permitted gopher tortoise relocation project. Please contact info@wildlandsconservation.org for more information.

Private, group and custom classes are available. Wildlands also provides informational courses (non-authorized agent courses) to organizations interested in learning about gopher tortoise biology and the laws protecting tortoises. Please contact info@wildlandsconservation.org for more information.

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* *Please note that the cost of these courses does NOT include the separate $532 mitigation contribution charged by FWC upon submission of the application to become an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent.