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An update on gopher tortoise monitoring in Florida.

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1 An update on gopher tortoise monitoring in Florida

2 Approach Coordinate among state agencies – Florida Park Service, Forest Service, and Fish & Wildlife Commission Prioritize state conservation lands for monitoring per protocol w/250 acres+ of habitat Ensure diverse representation of Florida habitats, geographic features Considered previous published data


4 Challenges GIS analysis proved that soil data is incorrect/inconsistent Acres of habitat differs by GIS model Limited funding compared to acres of habitat on important conservation lands Time needed to survey all important areas

5 A list (not yet final!) Blackwater River State Forest/ State Park* Perry Oldenburg WEA Talquin State Forest/Joe Budd WMA/Lake Withlacoochee SF - Citrus tract* Guana River WMAAllen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park Little Talbot Island State ParkLake Wales Ridge WEA/SF Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park Platt Branch WEA Goldhead Branch State ParkBecker Wingate Creek State Park Lake Louisa State ParkBullfrog Creek WEA Cayo Costa State ParkMoody Branch WEA Jonathan Dickenson State ParkSt. Sebastian River State Park A List = ~200,000 acres

6 B list (time & funding dependant) Deer Lake State ParkFt. White WEA Point Washington SFBell Ridge WEA Big Bend WMAWatermelon Pond WEA Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park/SF Itchnetucknee State Park Goethe State Forest (Watermelon Pond) Oleno & River Rise State Park Etoniah Creek State Forest B List = 22,500 acres

7 Next steps Contract w/Jones Center Order 10 sets of burrow scopes Finalize list of properties Train staff Ready, set, survey!

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