gopher tortoise

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

When you think of gopher tortoise conservation efforts, what’s the first place that comes to mind? What about a military base? Eglin Air Force Base is partnering with national and state wildlife officials on a massive effort to help relocate hundreds of the threatened species.

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Florida wildlife officials are kicking off a series of statewide workshops to promote gopher tortoise conservation among local officials. They’ll begin this week in the Panhandle.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is getting a federal grant to step up protection efforts for some of the state's threatened and endangered species.

The Commission wants to use the $370 million federal grant to target the gopher tortoise, Florida panther and Florida grasshopper sparrow.

This is a close up shot of a gopher tortoise's face
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for community partners to help it protect gopher tortoises.  A meeting scheduled for Wednesday will offer a chance for local governments and the public to learn more about supporting the threatened species. 

Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator Deborah Burr says the tortoise plays a much bigger role than its stolid demeanor might suggest.