Georgia Species at Risk Project
GEORGIA DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SOCIAL CIRCLE WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIV
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The Georgia Species at Risk project was a cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section GADNR. The project itself was carried out by GADNR out of their Social Circle office in 2006-8. The primary objective of the of project was to map potential habitats for Species at Risk at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Townsend Bombing Range, Robins Air Force Base, Fort Stewart, and Kings Bay Submarine Base, both on the bases themselves and within buffer zones, and to identify management activities that might benefit these specieshabitats. NatureServe defines Species at Risk on Department of Defense DoD installations to be 1 plant and animal species that are not yet federally listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but that are either designated as candidates for listing or are regarded by NatureServe as critically imperiled or imperiled throughout their range AND 2 with populations that are known to occur on or near DoD installations. In addition, GA-DNR elected to include the gopher tortoise as a species at risk based on recent petitions to the Fish and Wildlife Service to list as a federally threatened species, and the development of a multi-agencyorganization Candidate Conservation Agreement for the gopher tortoise to work towards pro-active tortoise management that may prevent the need for listing.