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


October 2016 - September 2019


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.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 6

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 147



  • Clinton MoorePrincipal Investigator
  • James MartinCo-Principal Investigator
  • Jeff Hepinstall-CymermanCo-Principal Investigator
  • Lora SmithCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


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