environmental protection agency Acquisition and Restoration Council When it comes down to it, the side that sits still for a while will make a mistake. Changes to temporary management rules for gopher tortoises.
The issue at hand was the recommendation of the Staff Working Group to include the following specifications in the Interim Gopher Management Guidelines. or other physical barriers. ”
Specifications include a requirement that actions under the policy be reviewed by multiple agencies, and notification of activities to both the council and the public. It is supposed to cover over 40 acres of national land that can be used as gopher habitat.
Such action will be reviewed by the Board upon appointment of three or more members. The Florida Department of Environmental Services will issue a letter of approval if it is not done within 14 days he.
“Obviously, this is in the wheelhouse of what my agency is focusing on,” he said. Thomas Eason, Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We would like to clarify the effort and thinking put into this, but this is only an interim period in which we do not have a full management plan in place.
He had a problem with the 6 inch spec. The question is whether it applies to activities specific to the turtle only, or to all activities that may occur on or affect the site.
“This language that we created and worked on was specifically for recipient sites,” he said. Keith Singleton of the department of state land. It was his understanding that fencing was about eight inches deep and subject to regulation.
Another council member agreed with Eason that the language was awkward and the intent to include it in the plan was unclear. The working group is willing to work with the board to develop a better language for guidance here, Singleton said.
The Board voted to defer proceeding with the amendment until it is taken up again at the next meeting.