Protecting Military Readiness and the Iconic Gopher Tortoise at the Same Time
A first-in-the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions in the Southeast. Gopher tortoises inhabit open longleaf pine forests, sandhills, and scrub habitat that provide sandy spoils for burrowing and groundcover vegetation for food. The Gopher Tortoise Conservation and Crediting Strategy was officially memorialized in Tifton, Georgia, during a signing ceremony on March 24, 2017. For more information, click here to view a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.