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Listing Status:    and  

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Gopher tortoise 

Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07/07/1987 Southeast Region (Region 4) Wherever found west of Mobile and Tombigbee Rivers in AL, MS, and LA
Southeast Region (Region 4) eastern

» Candidate Information

Candidate Assessments

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents

» Species Status Assessments (SSAs)

Species Status Assessments (SSAs)

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
12/26/1990 Gopher Tortoise View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
06/20/2019 84 FR 28850 28853 Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews for 53 Southeastern Species; Notice of reviews; request for information
  • Five Year Review Notice, Information Solicitation
04/09/2010 75 FR 18233 18234 5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
  • Five Year Review Notice, Information Solicitation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Gopher tortoise.

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners
Church of God by Faith
City of Palm Bay
Johns Island Golf Club (58th Avenue Expansion)
Lamar County School Board
Langboard, Inc.
Perry County Board of Supervisors
Pine Belt Regional Landfill, Amend #1
Pine Belt Regional Landfill Authority
Tierra del Sol
Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA): (learn more)
SHA Plan Summaries
Martin Branch Woodland Tract (Lambert) SHA
Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCA): (learn more)
CCA Plan Summaries
Gopher Tortoise Candidate Conservation Agreement

» Petitions

» Biological Opinions

» Life History

» Other Resources

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