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Alabama Tortoise Alliance (ALTA) February Meeting
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Alabama Tortoise Alliance (ALTA) February Meeting

Please check back for meeting times. Early Bird Registration is $20.00 and available through 02/25/2019. Registration increases to $25 on 02/26/2019.

When: February 28, 2019
9:00 am
Where: 13691 Brooklyn Road
13691 Brooklyn Road
Andalusia, Alabama  36421
United States
Contact: Ashley Smith for reqistration questions

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Contact Ericha Nix at 334.242.3469 or for more information.

We will be eating a scrumptious lunch prepared by Oakwood Lodge. We will be collecting a $20 registration fee to cover meeting space and lunch. For planning purposes, we request that you pre-register.  Registration increases to $25 on February 26. Limited lunch availability for walk-ins.  No refunds administered after February 26, 2019.


8:30 am – 9:00 am



9:00 am – 9:35 am

Welcome and Logistics

Ericha Nix, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Gopher Tortoise State Lead



Alabama Gopher Tortoise Conservation Updates

Ericha Nix, DWFF


9:35 am – 10:00 am

Measuring demography and modeling population viability for large, long-lived turtles

Brian Folt, PhD. Post-doctoral Researcher, Auburn University


10:00 am – 10:45 am

--- Break --- (Herp display provided by Alabama Herpetological Society)


10:45 am – 11:05 am

NRCS Updates

Steve Musser, NRCS, Programs Director


11:05 am – 11:30 pm

Eastern Indigo Snake Reintroduction at Conecuh National Forest

Jim Godwin, Auburn University


11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Range-wide Longleaf Mapping Initiative VA-TX: Expanding the Florida model

Carolyn Kindell, FNAI, Florida State University


12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Lunch (Catered)


1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Best Conservation Practices for Gopher Tortoises

Angie Larsen, Forest Wildlife Ecologist, NCASI


1:20 pm – 1:40 pm

Holding for speaker confirmation






1:40 pm – 2:00 pm

USFWS Updates

Lourdes Mena, Gopher Tortoise Lead (Candidate range), USFWS

Matt Hinderliter, Gopher Tortoise Lead (Listed range), USFWS


Future Listings in Lower Coastal Plain: A look ahead to see what conservation work is needed now and how we, as stakeholders, can partner to keep species off the endangered species list.


2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Gopher Frog Listing Scheduled for 2025 / Federally Listed Mississippi Gopher Frog

Mark Bailey, Wildlife Biologist, Conservation Southeast



2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

--- Break --- (Herp display provided by Alabama Herpetological Society)


2:50 pm – 3:10 pm

Petitioned for federal listing: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Craig Guyer, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University



3:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Where do we go from here?

· Action items

· Creating an Alabama Gopher Tortoise Conservation Strategy

· Other topics?

Ray Metzler, Alabama Forestry Commission


3:40 pm

Wrap up and Adjourn

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