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.

 

Wildlands is one of only two organizations in Florida that is authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to offer gopher tortoise survey and relocation certification classes. In order to stay current for our education work, 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.

Our goal is to provide exceptional permitting services, carried out with 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. Julie Morris, the co-principal at Wildlands, serves on FWC’s Gopher Tortoise Technical Advisory Committee and is working with FWC to develop a strategy to incentivize private landowners to manage for the gopher tortoise.

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 or simply give us a call at (941)485-6001

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