Gopher Tortoise Contacts

For questions or general information about gopher tortoises, please contact your FWC regional office.


Regional Gopher Tortoise Permitting Contacts

Northwest Region
North Central Region

Eric Seckinger

Northeast Region
Brevard, Indian River, Orange and Osceola counties
Rachel King

Flagler, Lake, Marion, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Volusia counties
Samantha Dupree



Southwest Region
Kelly O'Connor
(863) 648-3200

South Region
Rachel King

Tallahassee (statewide)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Attn Gopher Tortoise Conservation Program
620 South Meridian Street (Mail Station 2A)
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

For general questions about gopher tortoises call:  (850)921-1030
For questions related to gopher tortoise permitting call: (850)921-1031


Gopher Tortoise Program Administration

Deborah Burr, Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator


Permit Coordination

Richard D. McCann, Gopher Tortoise Permit Coordinator


Local Governments, Waif tortoises, and Interns

Alex Kalfin, Local Government, Waif Tortoise, and Intern Program Coordinator



Monitoring and Mapping

Michelina Dziadzio, Gopher Tortoise GIS and Monitoring Coordinator


FWC Facts:
Pocket gophers are only 10-12 inches long, but they can dig tunnel systems that extend for 500 feet or more, although 145 feet is the norm.

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