From 16 to 17 January 2003, 30 invitees from 6 states gathered at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia for a workshop to discuss the status, ecology, and conservation of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). The impetus for this workshop was continuing reports of declining tortoise populations despite federal and state legal protection throughout the range. The gopher tortoise is federally listed as threatened in Louisiana, Mississippi, and west of the Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers in Alabama, and receives varying degrees of state protection in eastern Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

In addition to the exchange of data on tortoise biology and status, the workshop was designed to identify research needs that may lead to more effective conservation of gopher tortoise populations rangewide. This objective was accomplished by a survey of participants' perception of the status, threats, and research needs for tortoise populations,...

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