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Gopher Tortoise Conservation Issues: A Guide to Helping Make Right Decisions

Uplisting of the Gopher Tortoise to a Threatened Status

We were successful! Florida Wildlife Commission Passed the Uplisting of the Gopher Tortoise to a Threatened Status

The Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES FLORIDA HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY AMENDMENT TO GO ON BALLOT! This could be a great help to wildlife conservation efforts


Message From Ray Ashton


FWS Petition

Please feel free to download and pass these documents on; attach them to letters to officials or discuss them with your organizations. The recommended solutions are not the only ones and are usually rather general in nature.

  • Discussion Paper: Protecting the Gopher Tortoise (Issues & Suggestions)
    The Primary Conservation Issues That Require Addressing in a Species Management Plan and Any Changes in State and Federal Rules and Regulations.

  • GTCI Petition to FWS for Federal Listing
    Update March 31, 2004: the Institute sent a petition to the Fish and Wildlife Serivce to list the gopher torotises as a threatened species.



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