Wildlands offers gopher tortoise survey and relocation services. Gopher tortoise relocation is state policy and an attempt to save tortoises from sites permitted for development. We are committed to ensuring that gopher tortoise survey and relocation work is done as thoroughly and professionally as possible to protect gopher tortoises and commensal species across the state. We believe this to be consistent with our mission to protect Florida’s natural resources.
Gopher Tortoise Permitting and Relocation Services
Gopher Tortoise Permitting and Relocation Services
Gopher Tortoise Permitting and Relocation Services
Gopher Tortoise Permitting and Relocation Services

Our goal is to provide exceptional permitting services, carried out with industry-leading precision, accuracy, and efficiency. Our biologists are gopher tortoise agents authorized by the FWC; they have over 50 collective years of experience on gopher tortoise conservation including ecological and policy research, relocation, habitat management, monitoring, and teaching.

Our team devotes great effort to continuously enhance their expertise in all things related to the gopher tortoise. The following is a list of the gopher tortoise permitting services that Wildlands Conservation provides:

  • Relocation permitting (Conservation/Donor site permit):
    • Completion of the FWC permit application
    • Surveying
    • Mapping
    • Relocation of tortoises to an FWC authorized recipient site
      • Mechanical/Backhoe
      • Trapping
      • Hand shovel
    • Follow-up consultation with FWC through the life of the permit
  • Recipient site permitting:
    • Completion of the FWC permit application
    • Surveying
    • Baseline tortoise estimation
    • Mapping
    • Vegetative Monitoring
    • Conservation easement consultation
    • Follow-up consultation with FWC through the life of the permit
  • Specialty permitting and consultation

For more information on gopher tortoise permitting, you can email Lance Arvidson at larvidson@wildlandsconservation.org.

Class learning proper techniques for excavating Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, burrows, for tortoise relocation, Alachua Co., FL

Class learning proper techniques for excavating Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, burrows, for tortoise relocation, Alachua Co., FL

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