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GOPHER TORTOISE HABITAT RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION AT WHITEHOUSE OUTLYING FIELD. GOPHER TORTOISES GET INTO THE STRANGEST PLACES. HABITAT RESTORATION. AS GOPHER TORTOISES ARE PUSHED OUT BY DEVELOPMENT, LOCATING ADDITIONAL HABITAT IS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR SURVIVAL

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habitat restoration
HABITAT RESTORATION
  • AS GOPHER TORTOISES ARE PUSHED OUT BY DEVELOPMENT, LOCATING ADDITIONAL HABITAT IS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR SURVIVAL
  • CONVERSION OF SLASH PINE STANDS TO THE MORE NATURAL LONGLEAF PINE COMMUNITIES
  • CONTROL OF WOODY UNDERSTORY BY MACHINE AND HAND METHODS TO MAINTAIN A VARIETY OF HERBACEOUS FORAGE PLANTS
the competition is fierce
THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE
  • In 2004 57 acres of slash pine forest was converted to longleaf pines at OLF Whitehouse as a re-forestation project.
  • After several years of growth, it was observed that competition from natural slash pines and hardwood sprouts adversely affected longleaf pine growth on approximately 10 acres. In some areas competing vegetation completely overtopped the longleaf pines.
visitors view new longleaf area with nas jax forester
VISITORS VIEW NEW LONGLEAF AREA WITH NAS JAX FORESTER
  • October/November 2009 Another 50 acres of slash pine was clear cut in conjunction with timber-thinning sale.
  • Some proceeds from sale were utilized for contract site preparation and re-planting of area with longleaf pine seedlings.
species conservation
SPECIES CONSERVATION
  • CONTROLLED BURNING ON A REGULAR ROTATION FOR FOREST HEALTH AND PROTECTION
  • PREDATOR CONTROL – ESPECIALLY NON-NATIVE COYOTES THAT HAVE LEARNED HOW TO LIE IN WAIT FOR TORTOISES TO EXIT THEIR BURROWS
  • MONITORING SURVEYS TO ASSESS HABITAT SUITABILITY AND CAPACITY
prescribed burns
PRESCRIBED BURNS
  • February 2009 - 900 acres of forest stands burned at OLF Whitehouse
  • Cooperative agreement between NAVFAC Southeast and the US Forest Service provides needed manpower and equipment
a pretty problem
A PRETTY PROBLEM
  • COYOTES ARE INCREASING IN NUMBER IN THE SOUTH
  • THIS INVASIVE SPECIES HAS BECOME A SERIOUS THREAT TO GOPHER TORTOISE POPULATIONS
two programs common goal
TWO PROGRAMSCOMMON GOAL
  • COYOTES ALSO CREATE A SERIOUS STRIKE HAZARD ON AIRFIELDS
  • PARTNERING WITH THE USDA APHIS WILDLIFE SERVICES TO REMOVE THESE AND OTHER PROBLEM SPECIES
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