Kleinfelder has been FORMALLY APPROVED by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to provide training courses to the public in support of the new FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (AA) permit. The gopher tortoise was uplisted to a Threatened species by the FWC. As such, an AA permit is now required to conduct specific gopher tortoise related activities in association with relocation and recipient site projects.
Kleinfelder professional staff offers decades of consulting and training experience in gopher tortoise permitting, capture, relocation and research. Additionally, our staff worked closely with the FWC and other Stakeholders during implementation of the newly revised FWC Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines (GTPG) and even assisted in the testing of the new FWC online permitting system. This experience combined with a history of effectively managing development projects throughout the US provides a comprehensive resource combined with a practical approach to assist in obtaining the mandatory FWC certification, as well as to ensure the effective application of the new FWC regulations.
The following courses are available for FWC certification. For complete course content, click on the course of interest:
Duration: 3 days
Dates: September 9-11, 2014
Cost: $650/person (Government, multiple employee, and group rates available)
This course completely supplements the FWC experience requirement for Gopher Tortoise Surveys.
Duration: 4 days
Dates: October 2014
Cost: $1500/person (Government, multiple employee, and group rates available)
This course completely supplements the experience requirement for the following activities:
Supervision of Mechanical Excavation of Gopher Tortoise Burrows - This course reduces the FWC experience criteria for this activity from excavation of 50 burrows and extraction of 20 tortoises to excavation of 30 burrows and extraction of 12 tortoises.
For more information, please contact Amy Townsend at 352-408-7547.