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Assess Field- and Landscape-Level Effects of NRCS Conservation Practices on Gopher Tortoise Habitat

Duration

October 2016 - September 2019

Narrative

The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial incentives for private landowners to manage their lands in ways that enhance habitat suitability for wildlife species of conservation concern, including the gopher tortoise. This project has two purposes: (1) assess how well WLFW has delivered conservation benefit on enrolled properties with respect to habitat and population metrics, and (2) develop enhancements in population assessment technology to more sensitively gauge how tortoise populations respond to conservation actions in short time frames.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Crawford, B.A., J.C. Maerz, C.T. Moore, D.T. Jones-Farrand & M. Harris. 2016. The Longleaf ARC Project introductory webinar: At-Risk species Conservation in the longleaf system. Introductory webinar for partners, 4 October 2016.
  • Crawford, B.A., J.C. Maerz, C.T. Moore, D.T. Jones-Farrand & M. Harris. 2017. [Poster] The Longleaf ARC Project: Accelerating conservation of at-risk species in the longleaf system. Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting, Palatka, FL, 13-15 January 2017.
  • Crawford, B.A., J.C. Maerz, C.T. Moore, D.T. Jones-Farrand & M. Harris. 2017. Workshop 1: The Longleaf ARC Project: At-risk amphibian and reptile conservation in the longleaf system. Southeastern Partners of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Little Rock, AR, 16-19 February 2017.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 41

Presentations: 156

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Links

Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Wildlife Management Institute