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Before you build - Gopher Tortoise

Before you build - Gopher Tortoise

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Before you build contains information about what landowners should know about gopher tortoises before breaking ground on construction activities. For more information: http://myfwc.com/GopherTortoise
Before you build contains information about what landowners should know about gopher tortoises before breaking ground on construction activities. For more information: http://myfwc.com/GopherTortoise

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Northwest Region
3911 Highway 2321Panama City, FL 32409-1658850-265-3676
North Central Region
3377 East U.S. Highway 90Lake City, FL 32055-8795386-758-0525
Northeast Region
1239 S.W. 10th StreetOcala, FL 34474-2797352-732-1225
Southwest Region
3900 Drane Field RoadLakeland, FL 33811-1299863-648-3203
South Region
8535 Northlake BoulevardPalm Beach, FL 33412-3303561-625-5122
Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission
MyFWC.com
Before you build
What every landowner shouldknow about gopher tortoisesbeore breaking ground
Home sites that have on-site preserves oeradded value or wildlie viewing.
Financial and technical assistance is available to certifedgopher tortoise recipient sites that create and managehabitat or tortoises displaced by development.
Florida Fish and Wildlie ConservationCommission’s (FWC) Landowner AssistanceProgram has cost-share opportunitiesavailable or activities associatedwith wildlie habitat conservation andmanagement on private lands.
Gopher tortoises generally graze within 160 eet o their burrow on avariety o plant types including broadlea grasses, wiregrass, pricklypear cactus, clover, dandelion and seasonal ruits and berries - wildgrape, blackberry, blueberry and partridge berry.
Gopher tortoiseconservation
In September 2007, the FWC approved the GopherTortoise Management Plan. The goal o the plan isto restore and maintain viable populations o gophertortoises throughout Florida. To meet this goal, theplan includes our conservation objectives:
Improve habitat management on protected lands;
Increase protected gopher tortoise habitat;
Restock gopher tortoises to protected andmanaged habitats; and
Decrease gopher tortoise mortality on landsproposed or development.These objectives will be met by implementing actions outlined in broad categories such aspermitting, local government coordination, lawenorcement, habitat preservation and management,population and disease management, landownerincentives, monitoring and research, and educationand outreach.Beore you clear land or move tortoises, knowthe law and obtain proper permits. VisitMyFWC.com/GopherTortoise or call the gophertortoise conservation biologist in your region.
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For more inormation on gopher tortoise permits andgopher tortoise habitat management, contact yourregional gopher tortoise conservation biologist or call850-488-3831, or visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise.
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