Instead of fighting, Georgia businesses work with environmental groups to save gopher tortoise

January 30, 2018 by  
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350 species of animals reside in burrows created by gopher tortoises,  but the tortoises are in trouble. Protecting them under the Endangered Species Act in Georgia could create red tape and extra costs for Georgia businesses, so they’re taking what NPR described as an unusual approach: not fighting the listing but joining forces with several environmental groups, wildlife agencies, private foundations, and the Department of Defense to save the keystone species. Over 80 percent of gopher tortoise habitat is privately or corporately owned, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia . The reptile is already considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act in its western range in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and environmental groups aim to protect at least 100,000 acres of the creatures’ habitat in Georgia so the reptile won’t need to be listed under the Environmental Species Act there under a project called the Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative. Related: This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend The tortoises – which are Georgia’s state reptile – flourish in longleaf pine forests. In the Southwest, there was once around 90 million acres of longleaf pine – today, there’s around three million acres. Habitat destruction hasn’t helped the gopher tortoise population. NPR reported the state’s biggest electric company Georgia Power is the largest business involved. Georgia Power is a major landowner, per the publication, and gopher tortoises reside at some of their plants. The company’s wildlife biologist, Jim Ozier, told NPR, “We’re glad to have them here. Gopher tortoises do very well right next door.” He said the company, in addition to planning around gopher tortoises so they’re not impacted by maintenance, is restoring longleaf pine forests. According to the Georgia Conservancy , protecting the species could help protect water sources, create new public recreation areas, and “provide assurances for a more compatible economic environment for Georgia’s business community.” The state, federal government, and private foundations and donors are, per NPR, raising $150 million for the initiative to protect healthy populations where they are. Funding could go towards acquiring new public lands or “conservation easements on private lands.” Via NPR Images via Depositphotos and U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.

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This giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

December 19, 2014 by  
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We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out. Read the rest of This giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered , endangered species , flipped tortoise , galapagos , Galapagos tortoise , giant tortoise , giant turtle , Taipei zoo , tortoise , tortoise flip , tortoise flip over , tortoise on its back , tortoises , turtles

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Celebrating Earth Day Together, Across the Internet

April 22, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Jdodge3 / Wikimedia Commons Earth Day . The day to celebrate planet Earth, the planet that we call home

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Riding the World’s First Hybrid Car: 1900 Porsche Semper Vivus

April 22, 2011 by  
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Photos: Brian Merchant/CC BY Quick: name the first functional hybrid car ever built. Okay, sure, it’s Porsche’s Semper Vivus. But if you hadn’t already read the headline to this post, you might have said the Prius

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Stephen Colbert Argues About Global Warming. With Himself. And Al Gore (VIDEO)

November 6, 2009 by  
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Photo via No Fact Zone We all know who Stephen Colbert considers to be his most worthy foe–himself.

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Down In The Dumps About Climate Change? Remember The Power Of One

November 6, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Earthwatch’s program for the HSBC Climate Partnership program Does the looming climate crisis leave you feeling helpless? Apathetic

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