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FWC Gopher Tortoise Guideline Updates

On January 1, 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) implemented revisions to the Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines. One of the significant changes includes a new requirement stating that if gopher tortoises are captured and relocated off-site, but land development/clearing does not commence within 90 days of most recent 100% gopher tortoise survey or capture activities, a re-survey of the project site must be conducted to ensure no tortoises have moved in. This will minimize the potential for violations of gopher tortoises re-occupy a development site if the project is delayed.

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