Georgia-Pacific

Georgia-Pacific Chiefland Landfill

Trenton, Florida, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Georgia Pacific Gopher Tortoise
Reptiles & Amphibians
Georgia Pacific Gopher Tortoise Conservation
Species of Concern
About the Program
Georgia Pacific’s Gopher Tortoise Project is situated on a forested and savannah-type easement in Chiefland, Florida, 40 miles southwest of Gainesville. The site is bordered by roads to the north and east, open land to the south and forested habitat to the east. Gopher tortoises were observed on the property in 2015. As a result, a team was established to conserve the gopher tortoise population within the site.

Practices and Impacts
  • The project team members actively monitor a population of the gopher tortoise, a threatened species. Conservation objectives are to protect and promote the local population of tortoises through continued surveying, monitoring and possibly habitat management. 
  • Regular surveys are conducted of tortoise burrows documenting activity.
  • The area is protected by fencing to limit human presence that may disturb the tortoises. Signage notifies people within the habitat that the species is present and to not harm any individual or their burrows.
  • The team partners with the adjacent property owner to allow a hunt club to hunt animals, including predators such as feral hogs that are detrimental to gopher tortoise populations.
  • Annual burrow surveys are conducted to assess active and inactive burrows. Surface water is also noted during the surveys.
  • Plant observations are recorded to ensure there are native food sources and suitable habitat for gopher tortoises.

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