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Protecting Military Readiness and the Iconic Gopher Tortoise at the Same Time

Credit Strategy Looks to Add More Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Tifton, Ga. – There isn’t a military base for 50 miles, but the Army plays a critical role at the Alapaha River Wildlife Management Area. A first-in-the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises here while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions across the tortoise’s Southern turf.

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FWS, DoD Adopt Credit Strategy for Southeast Installations Benefiting Gopher Tortoise and other species

From left to right: Rusty Garrison (GADNR), Kipp Frolich (FWC), Fred Harders (ALDCNR), Will Dillman (SCDNR), Ryan Orndorff (DOD), Cindy Dohner (USFWS). Photo by Chuck Underwood, USFWS. Tifton, Ga. – A first-in- the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises here while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions across the tortoise’s Southern turf.

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