Transport and Release

Common Ground has highly qualified staff certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in all aspects necessary to survey for, relocate, and conserve gopher tortoises. We have performed these activities for 15 years, on numerous projects that range from having one burrow to hundreds. We also have a presence on the FWC advisory board for the tortoise, the Gopher Tortoise Technical Assistance Group (GTTAG). Our goal is to work with the landowner to quickly eliminate the potential for impacts to gopher tortoises on any sized private or public project. We resolve projects efficiently and thoroughly to allow the client to rest at ease that the gopher tortoise aspect of their project is no longer a concern.

A list of what we do:

  • Authorized Agent
  • Initial Property Assessments
  • Surveys
  • Permitting
  • Relocations
  • Backhoe Excavations
  • Trapping
  • Recipient Site Permitting
  • Authorized Agent Training
Shoot us an email at if:
  • You have a project that might potentially impact within 25ft of a burrow
  • The county will not issue you a permit because you have gopher tortoises
  • You have a large project on a property that has gopher tortoises
  • You need gopher tortoises relocated
  • You want to explore the possibility of setting up a recipient site for tortoises relocated from development sites
  • You are an environmental professional or agency staff that wants to explore training to become an authorized agent
  • You want to explore conservation incentive programs for your large property that has gopher tortoises