NCASI initiates survey of forestry practices that benefit the gopher tortoise

The Gopher Tortoise is currently a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, and is already listed as threatened west of the Tombigbee River in Alabama.

NCASI has initiated a survey requesting information that it will use to help the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service better understand the extent of forest management activities in pine forests that benefit the Gopher Tortoise. An introduction and link to the survey are at http://www.ncasi.org/Programs/Forestry/Surveys/Gopher-Tortoise-Survey/Index.aspx.

Forest managers are encouraged to report forest management activities by state and year. Information is requested about practices such as acres treated with prescribed fire, acres harvested, acres regenerated, trees planted per acre, acres treated to control hardwood competition, and acres under management with consideration for the gopher tortoise.

Information submitted by individual respondents will be treated as confidential. NCASI will provide the Service survey results summarized by state and year and will remove any information that would identify individual respondents and/or landowners.

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