Homebuilders now pay penalties or restitution for the destruction of gopher tortoise
burrows or sand skink habitats.
Bacteria isolated from shells of gopher tortoise
captured on the DeSoto National Forest, Forrest County, Mississippi.
are important to many regions and so are the lessons learned by the authors, who are long-time researchers on the habitats of tortoises and other upland species, including the burrowing owl.
Even protected species like the Florida gopher tortoise
and the Indigo snake have quickly disappeared from the terrain and no official has stepped in to enforce their protection or question their rapid disappearance.
: Dark brown and between seven and 15 inches long, the gopher tortoise
is found in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
To complement its statewide collection of successful wetlands mitigation banks (offsite land resources set aside to mitigate the impacts of transportation projects), the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is in the process of establishing a habitat bank for the relocation and recovery of the gopher tortoise
within the threatened western portion of its range.
Weyerhaeuser takes special measures to protect rare, threatened or endangered species such as the Red Hills salamander in Alabama, the gopher tortoise
in Louisiana and Mississippi, the American burying beetle in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and the northern spotted owl in Oregon and Washington.
The LPA Group Incorporated, a unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Amex:BKR), redesigned and developed a management plan to restore a wetland habitat area, enhance a gopher tortoise
relocation area, and create one of a handful of successful Florida Scrub Jay Mitigation Banks.
The project will benefit the gopher tortoise
and reduce wildlife risk, which will support the natural resource and encroachment protection goals of Tyndall Air Force Base.
Combined with the damage done to the species when they were commonly hunted, this habitat loss has caused the gopher tortoise
to be declared an officially threatened species.
The unique plants and animals range from delicate flowers to huge whales, from Caribbean corals to ancient cactus plants, and from the gopher tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus) to the lower keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri).
California least tern (Sterna antillarum brownmi), coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica), golden-checked warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia), Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida), red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), southwest willow flycatcher (Empidonax traitlii extiraus), western snowy plover alexandrinus nivosus), desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), gopher tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), gray bat (Myotis grisecens), Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), and Sonoran pronghorn (Antilocapra americana sonoriensis).
Currently, there are 77 state or federally protected plants and animals that call Camp Shelby home, including the gopher tortoise
," Jones said.
The environmental services company today released its documentary-style film "Relocating the Gopher Tortoise
at Turkey Trot Landfill.
The find provided our wildlife team with a unique opportunity to work with local biologists to transport the turtles away from the active mining area and establish a 35-acre gopher tortoise
preserve on-site," says Brian Bleakney, General Manager of Center Sand.