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Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines Proposed Revisions

close up of gopher tortoise

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking input on draft revisions to the Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines. Staff are accepting public comment between August 24 and September 23, 2022, via via our online survey. Questions can be directed to Katherine Richardson, the Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator, at

FWC staff will hold two webinars to present an overview of the revisions. A copy of the webinar is available below.

  • Wednesday, September 7
  • Wednesday, September 14


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To better protect gopher tortoises during permitted activities, the guidelines revisions propose to:

  • Adjust mitigation contributions to incentivize relocation to protected areas.
  • Facilitate regulatory enforcement by defining roles and responsibilities.
  • Clarifying other provisions. 

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